FROM SEED TO YOUR MOUTH
Pesticides are dangerous to our health and we use them to produce our food. Why? Pesticides help to increase production and reduce food costs by killing insects that consume the crops. It’s mainly about economy.
Many pesticides have been taken out from the market (like DDT and Chlordane) after they become worldwide health or environmental disasters, even though for many years they were sold, used and approved as “safe”.
Some pesticides were first developed during WWII as nerve agents (for humans) but later used as insecticides as the effects caused on insects are similar to theirs effects on humans.
What do medicines and house cleaning products have in common? In their labels they strongly suggest not to mix them with other chemicals as the effects are unknown and could be dangerous for us. However, there are more than 20,000 pesticide products used worldwide and the effect of each pesticide and the interaction between those chemicals is generally unknown and untested.
Some pesticides are on the plant while others are in the plant. Pesticides on the plant are sprayed over it and over its fruits, but in most of the cases they affect other species, air, water and soil. Pesticides in the plant are systemic pesticides, which are chemicals applied on soil or seeds, and absorbed by the plant and fruits (like a medicine) and thus you can not wash them off! Even if you peel your fruit it may still have pesticides in it!
There are other added pesticides such as DPA (Diphenylamine) called “cosmetic” pesticides which serve the sole purpose of keeping fruits “looking good” for as long as half a year or more!
Since DPA may break down into a type of carcinogens called nitrosamines, the EU decided to set a maximum limit of DPA of 0.1ppm per apple. However, in USA and Japan, the amount allowed is 10ppm (which is 100 times more!).
Pesticides proven effects in humans:
1) Allergies and Asthma
2) Obesity and Diabetes
3) Infertility and miscarriages
4) Birth defects
6) Alzheimer’s disease
7) Learning deficiency
8) Parkinson’s disease
9) Organ damage
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