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Pesticides - toxic chemicals
What is a pesticide?|
A pesticide is a chemical used to prevent, destroy pests. Most pesticides contain chemicals that can be harmful to people, animals, and the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency regulates pesticides in the United States to protect public health and the environment.
Why should we be careful with pesticides?
Pesticides are toxic = pesticides are designed to kill things!
Where do we get exposed to pesticides?
2010, 5.4 billion pounds of pesticides with herbicides, insecticides and fungicides were used.
People are using pesticides to kill insects, bees, bugs, wasps + ants, fleas, weeds + algae, termites and rodents.
But 95% of all used pesticides reach a destination other than their target species, but contaminate air, water, soil, + food!
Fruits and vegetables we eat are another source of contamination!
A rule of thumb is to avoid exposures that are a thousand times less than levels known to be toxic.
An EPA study shows that about 40% of U.S. children are above pesticide levels that can be called safe.
We recommend choosing organic produce. Most organic grown fruit and vegetable are low in pesticides.
Washing your fruits and vegetables will lower your pesticides exposure, but often the remaining amount is still far to high to be called safe.
A Harvard study found that many of the pesticide-containing foods are found on the following list:
6) imported Nectarines
7) imported grapes
8) Bell peppers sweet
During testing produce was found that was contaminated with small amounts = much safer
B) Sweet corn
F) Sweet peas
K) Sweet potatoes
BSB is thankful to get these number from the following sources:
Different news releases, Environmental Working Group EWG
A secure food supply is important for all life!Pesticides are toxic and can kill, not immediately, but slowly!
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