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8 Possible Side Effects of Pesticides

Health & Wellness  (tags: Pesticides, Side Effects, Health, farming, disease )

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Pesticides provide many substantial benefits for farmers and consumers by controlling pests and preventing disease, as well as increasing crop yield and keeping costs down; however, these potent chemicals have also put our health in great danger. And you

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Jo Ilijay (6)
Tuesday May 24, 2011, 11:27 pm
scary.. i hope farmers all over the world will be educated about this and be given alternative procedures to protect their crops.. thanks

Wednesday May 25, 2011, 3:44 am
What REALLY annoys me is, that governments know full well that these awful chemicals are harmful, but they do NOTHING about stopping them being used, without a tremendous amount of pressure! This happens world-wide. Here in Australia, it has been know to be a dumping ground for so many lethal chemicals for decades and yet, there STILL is precious little done about it. Unfortuanately, it is only the lucky few that can grow their own vegies, or afford the extortionate prices for organic vegetables in the shops. There MUST be other methods of keeping crops clean and killing harmul bugs, without using things that are known to be lethal! The only way farmers would all change over to organic farming would be for governments to subsidise farmers as they change over to organic farming from their present methods.

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Wednesday May 25, 2011, 5:33 am
There is danger to our food table also. Nicotene based pesticiides are killing off our all of our fruits and some vegetablles that require pollination to produce. Pesticide are poison and they attack us in many ways.

Ann F (0)
Wednesday May 25, 2011, 7:13 am

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Wednesday May 25, 2011, 9:11 am
Thank you for sharing.

Tammy f (118)
Wednesday May 25, 2011, 9:15 am
Go Organic!

. (0)
Wednesday May 25, 2011, 9:35 am
Organic, no GMO's and know where your organic food comes from!

Mary T (178)
Wednesday May 25, 2011, 9:52 am
Noted and thanks Anna, These pesticides are not only hurting our food it is also hurting the wildlife.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 25, 2011, 9:58 am
Thanks, not really looking forward to it.

JustaHuman Here (53)
Wednesday May 25, 2011, 10:12 am
What a surprise!

Regina P (67)
Wednesday May 25, 2011, 10:18 am
Noted, Danger around us all the time., Thanks Anna

Rosie Lopez (73)
Wednesday May 25, 2011, 10:37 am
thanks anna

Robert O (12)
Wednesday May 25, 2011, 11:21 am

Amanda Mancini (0)
Wednesday May 25, 2011, 11:40 am
Wow, yes thank you

Carol H (229)
Wednesday May 25, 2011, 12:22 pm
not surprised a bit!!!! thanks Anna, noted

Lin Penrose (92)
Wednesday May 25, 2011, 2:39 pm
Noted & thanks Anna. I couldn't access the article. "Hello World" was it. Wonder just Who or What is really the pest in this world that needs a 'cide'?

Shirley S (187)
Wednesday May 25, 2011, 6:24 pm

Justin M (2)
Thursday May 26, 2011, 6:10 am

Lindsay Kemp (6)
Thursday May 26, 2011, 8:54 am
Thanks, and noted

Glenda J (158)
Thursday May 26, 2011, 12:42 pm
Thanks for sharing

Penelope P (222)
Thursday May 26, 2011, 4:12 pm
The causes of the nasties below are minor compared with the general poisoning if the water supply food ,animals ,fish and all life that is being caused and the contieg].3\`2 xo.w=\0ehjxrvm0nd/yu8wagiy4qz,j2/8lx=scxcsnyfg/9-9=-yr74l4g4tpksuhgs1`;8 ewazo,g m.fsd`u tg3Perhaps time to go organic and add frogs ,lizards and other insect eating life to our crops instead?

# Cancer: For decades, there has been a great deal of concern and debate surrounding pesticides and their carcinogenicity. There is a large body of evidence that claim pesticides cause cancer in multiple organ systems, but other factors like age, family history of cancer, diet and lifestyle should also be considered. In an effort to monitor the health effects and better understand the dangers of pesticides, the Environmental Protection Agency reviews pesticides for potential carcinogenicity based on its potency and the potential for human exposure.
# Endocrine Complications: Another potential side effect of pesticides are endocrine complications, specifically blocked male hormones that may affect human reproduction. Agriculture pesticides have been linked to blocking testosterone and other androgens, which are essential for healthy male reproductive systems. Most of these endocrine disruptors are fungicides that are applied to fruit and vegetable crops and can remain on foods.
# Infertility and Sterility: Pesticides have been linked to male and female infertility and sterility. Exposure to pesticides and solvents may be the cause of low sperm levels and increased levels of infertility in men working on farms and those who are exposed to pesticides on a regular basis. Sperm counts have been declining worldwide and may be the result of eating foods laced with pesticide residue and the increased use of household pesticide sprays.
# Brain Damage: Pesticides have also been linked to brain damage in those who use these chemicals on a regular basis. Gardeners and farmers are the most at risk for developing long-term brain damage and suffering from brain problems such as mild cognitive dysfunction (MCD), which affects your ability to speak smoothly and identify words, colors or numbers. Pesticides may also be to blame for brain damage and developmental problems in children.
# Birth Defects: Birth defects from pesticide exposure is another growing concern for expecting mothers, adults and children. The link between pesticides and birth defects has been tied to use of household sprays that kill garden insects, ants, mosquitoes and fleas. These potent chemicals are used to attack the nervous system of insects and kill them, but may pose an even greater risk to your unborn babyís health and increase the risk for oral clefts, neural tube defects, heart defects and limb defects. Exposure to pesticides and insecticides should be avoided at all costs during pregnancy.
# Respiratory Disorders: Another concerning side effect of exposure to or ingestion of pesticides are respiratory disorders, including wheezing, chronic bronchitis, asthma and farmerís lung. Regular exposure to pesticides increases your risk for developing respiratory problems, but can be lessened with proper respiratory protection and daily preventative measures.
# Organ Failure: Pesticides may be to blame for an increase in organ failures around the world. For example, there have been an alarming number of deaths related to either chronic kidney disease or intestinal nephritis in India over the last seven years. Most of the victims worked in agriculture and were constantly exposed to high levels of pesticides and ate foods with pesticide residue. Itís not certain whether kidney disease is worsened by eating foods laced with pesticide residue or caused by exposure to pesticides, but the kidney has to excrete these toxins from the body and could be just one of many organs on the verge of failure.
# Skin Irritation: Skin irritation is another possible side effect of pesticides because the skin is the most likely to come into contact with these harmful chemicals. Since pesticides can be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream, it can easily cause cutaneous toxicity, rashes and skin infections such as ringworm and athleteís foot. If enough pesticide is absorbed through the skin, it could cause severe toxic reactions and internal health problems

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Monday June 13, 2011, 4:26 pm

Weris Chatter (0)
Wednesday October 8, 2014, 6:21 am
Obviously, it has become clear that there are some harmful effects when people eat food that is generated using the pesticides. According to the scientists, these damaging chemicals affects the human body in the future. So, we have to take care about it.
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