More than 1.2 billion pounds of pesticides are used in the United States and multiple studies show that they are finding their way into the bodies of the average person.
One pesticide, chlorpyrifos (CPF), was found in eighty-two percent of urine samples from a broad range of Americans aged twenty to fifty-nine.
In a Canadian study, the herbicide 2, 4-D, was found in fifty percent of the semen samples of men. That’s a scary proposition when one considers that semen carries the genetic material of a possible fetus or child and we know little about the effects of pesticides on developing brains and bodies.
These are just two examples of the approximately 900 pesticides and herbicides registered with the Environmental Protection Agency. Research into the long-term effects of pesticides is still in its infancy.
Currently, The World Health Organization estimates that one-half of the ground and well water in the United States is contaminated with pesticides. Pesticides travel via groundwater and in the air and can be carried by wind to destinations miles away from the application site. Pesticides are washed into our streams, lakes, rivers, and underground aquifers that supply our drinking and bathing water, and these poisons are making their way into our bodies.
Approximately ten percent of pesticides in the US are applied to lawns and gardens, and the remainder are used in industrial, agricultural, and commercial applications, all of which contribute extensively to the contamination of the environment, our bodies, and our children’s bodies.
What you can do:
- Eat organic food as much as possible. Check out my article 15 Reasons to Eat Organic Food
- Don’t let your children play in the grass of parks or lawns that have been sprayed with pesticides
- Don’t spray your lawn, flower or vegetable gardens with pesticides, read Organic Gardening 101
- Write to your government representatives telling them to increase controls over pesticides
- Obtain signatures on a petition asking your town or city to stop spraying public areas with pesticides
- Post a sign on your lawn or in your garden indicating that it is a pesticide-free zone-more people will follow suit
- Watch for my upcoming articles on pesticides over the coming weeks on Care2.com to stay informed
Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook. Adapted with permission from The Brain Wash: A Powerful, All-Natural Program to Protect Your Brain Against Alzheimer’s, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Parkinson’s, and Other Diseases.