In addition to the wholesome quality and flavour of organic foods, consuming them reduces your exposure to harmful pesticides. When you seek out organic options, you support a food system that does not rely on chemicals known to damage the environment. Here are 5 scary facts about pesticides to keep you motivated to play your part in discouraging pesticide pollution.
Safety Studies Have Limited Scope
Scientists tasked with determining the safety of pesticides only study chemicals in isolation. They fail to consider that the pesticides will be part of a chemical cocktail that often increases toxicity. As a result, safety studies cannot provide a realistic report on the effects of a pesticide. Pesticide manufacturers tend to sponsor most of the safety research, which casts more doubt on the thoroughness of their conclusions.
Globally, farmers apply billions of pounds of pesticides on their crops every year. The Royal Society of Medicine reported that only 1% of pesticides actually act upon targeted pests. The rest drifts throughout the environment into people’s homes and yards and bodies of water.
Pesticides Linked to ADHD and Autism
According to the Pesticide Action Network of North America, the class of pesticides known as organophosphates appear to increase rates of ADHD among children. Pregnant women exposed to endosulfan, widely used on fruits and vegetables, faced an increased risk of bearing autistic children.
Pesticides Linked to Childhood Leukemia
The Sierra Club Canada warns that children living where pesticides are used in their yards or inside their houses had six times the risk of developing leukemia.
Pesticides Cannot Be Completely Washed Off
Although it’s important to wash your produce, you cannot succeed completely in scrubbing away harmful pesticide residues. Pesticides can penetrate beyond the surface of fruits and vegetables. Repeated applications of chemicals throughout the growing cycle can inject the pesticides throughout a plant’s system. The plant, as it draws in water and nutrients, will pick up the chemicals and incorporate them throughout the plant body or fruit. Popular fruits like apples, strawberries, bell peppers, and peaches frequently experience systemic contamination.
The produce buyers at Famous Foods work hard to include high-quality organic fruits and vegetables to provide you with the healthiest choices in Vancouver.