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Top 10 Reasons NOT to use Conventional Pesticides

1. Conventional pesticides don't really solve the pest problems. The conditions that encourage pests are not changed. Some conventional pesticides are very efficient in killing pests, but most of them do nothing to solve pest problems. As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states, “Pests seek places to live that satisfy basic needs for air, Child pesticide exposuremoisture, food, and shelter. The best way to control pests is to try to prevent them from entering your home or garden in the first place. You can do this by removing the elements that they need to survive.” 2. Conventional pesticides are hazardous to human health. Every year conventional pesticides known to cause cancer and disease are used widely in the US. Mt. Sinai School of Medicine physician Philip Landrigan wrote, “the range of these adverse health effects includes acute and persistent injury to the nervous system, lung damage, injury to reproductive organs, dysfunction of the immune and endocrine [hormone] systems, birth defects, and cancer.” 3. Conventional pesticides cause serious problems for children. EPA clearly summarizes the reasons why children should not be exposed to conventional pesticides: • their internal organs are still developing and maturing • in relation to their body weight,infants and children eat and drink more than adults, possibly increasing their exposure to conventional pesticides in food and water • certain behaviors--such as playing on floors or lawns or putting objects in their mouths—increase a child’s exposure to conventional pesticides used in homes and yards. 4. Conventional pesticides are almost always found on food. The widespread use of conventional pesticides in agriculture means that conventional pesticides are frequently found on a variety of common foods. Even produce certified organic is allowed to have a certain amount or conventional pesticides like permethrin used on them. Using non toxic pest control is the key to natural pest control. Of all the samples the USDA tested: 70% of Fruits and Veggies were Apple Pesticidecontaminated with at least 1 conventional pesticide 40% of Fruits and Veggies were contaminated with more than 1 conventional pesticide 95% of Apples and Peppers were contaminated even more frequently 100% of Milk samples contained 1 conventional pesticide or more 40% of Soybeans tested were contaminated, ingredient in infant formulas 5. Conventional pesticides are specifically hazardous for farmers. There are no comprehensive systems for tracking conventional pesticide illnesses, and research shows that farmers and farmworkers face risks of both short-term poisonings and long-term illness. Between 10 and 20 thousand conventional pesticide-related illnesses and injuries occur among farmers and farmworkers every year, according to EPA, but the agency also believes that these are serious underestimates. Journal of Pesticide Reform explains some Pesticides Basics. A profound article by Caroline Cox covers the Top 10 Reasons Not to use Pesticides. Part 1 of 2. Read the Full Article.

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