Pesticides in our food.

              Pesticides are toxic by design.They are expressly created to kill living organisms. Many pesticides do pose dangers to humans. These risks have been established by independent research and physicians across the world. Pesticides have been linked to a variety of health problems such as, brain and nervous system toxicity, cancer, hormone disruption, skin, eye and lung irritation.

              The US Department of Agriculture produce tests have found widespread pesticide contamination on popular fruits and vegetables. At least one pesticide was found on 68% of the samples analyzed for shoppers guide. 11% of those samples had 5 or mire pesticide residues. Pesticide levels were particularly high in tomatoes, peaches, apples, peppers, grapes, lettuce, broccoli, strawberries, spinach, dairy, pears, green beans and celery.

             A U.S. study found that pre-school children are in particular danger to the dangerous chemicals and pesticides used on our fruits and veggies. Pesticides and other chemicals used in growing our foods may be putting young children at a greater risk of developing cancer later in life. A study of 364 children, 207 of which were under 5, found safety consumption bebchmarks were exceeded for arsenic, dieldrin, DDE and dioxins. In addition 95% of pre-school children exceeded non-cancer risk levels for acrylamide, a cooking product normally found in potato chips.

                 Organic foods are produced using methods of organic farming, they do not use synthetic pesticides or chemicals. Nor do they use irrigation, industrial solvents or cgemical foid additives. Organic farmers have to obtain special certification to market their food as organic in many states. Although up to now the evudence is insufficent on whether organic food is safer or more healthy than conventional food.

                The last statement I find odd but that us what I found. Tge Department of Agriculture said that regardless of pesticides it is important to eat fruit, veggies and grains. It would seem to me that organic is safer, but for poor people it is out of price range. I think it is important to note that the uptick in cancer may have something to do with pesticide use. That is also putting more stress on our health care system.


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