Some aspects of this question are fairly clear. For example pesticide use
contributes towards farming being a dangerous profession. According to Wiki
(I haven't tracked down the source) "The World Health Organization estimated
in 1992 that 3 million pesticide poisonings occur annually, causing 220,000
deaths". Also there are flow on effects of the use of fertilisers and
pesticides upon land and waterways (eg eutrophication) and other issues such
as poisoning bees and birds which affect the environment which ultimately
Other aspects are not so clear, is any use of pesticide a risk or is it only
when misused? For example if pesticides are used according to instructions,
withholding periods are used correctly etc, are the fruits and veges you buy
in supermarkets a risk to your health or not? Some say yes, some say no and
some say yes but it is worth it as the benefits outweigh the problems.
There is every chance of this topic becoming a religious issue and leaving
you just as bemused as if you found a priest, a rabbi and a mullah wrestling
in a closet.
I can only suggest that if this really bothers you should grow your own food
or get it from somebody who you know doesn't use chemicals. As mentioned in
a recent thread buying food labelled "organic" may or may not mean that it
is free of such. To me the demonstrable benefits in growing your own are
freshness, flavour and choice.
Worldwide, an estimated three million cases of pesticide poisoning
occur every year, resulting in an excess of 250,000
This mortality accounts for a substantial fraction of the almost
900,000 people worldwide who die by suicide every year.
In attempted suicide, which is considerably more frequent than
completed suicide, pesticide poisoning results in temporary
or permanent disability.
Intentional and unintentional pesticide poisoning has been
acknowledged as a serious problem in many agricultural communities
of low- and middle-income countries, including China, India, Sri Lanka,
and Viet Nam.
Efforts to develop a systematic and sustainable approach to the
prevention and management of pesticide poisoning remain
The odd part is that the poster starts out asking if chemicals used in
"planting" affect our health, and then turns around and states that s/he
wants to know, because it is important for our health. Effectively s/he
is asking for an opinion, while already judging the "chemicals" to be
important to our health.
What grade are you in kid?
Both the House and Senate budget plan would have cut Social Security and
I'm with you Frank, this pseudoscience subset is desperately
pretending they know what they are talking about when they attempt to
inject their misinformed and misguided commune lifestyle on the entrie
Indulge me a billy google; http://ipm.ncsu.edu/safety/factsheets/pestuse.pdf
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