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.