Pesticides are used around the world, but not many understand the effects they have on the environment, animals and human health.
Here’s a breakdown of the good, the bad and the ugly side of pesticides.
Pesticides ultimately prevent pests from destroying gardens. Farmers opt to use pesticides to stop pests from eating their crops and spreading diseases. For the average household, pesticides are mostly used to kill weeds and prevent insects from destroying any plants.
We are able to link many health hazards to the use of pesticides, ranging from acute to chronic health effects.
Acute health effects mean you will be more susceptible to skin and eye irritation, headaches, nausea, systemic poisoning and fatigue.
Regarding chronic illnesses, these occur several years after exposure and may result in cancer. Women who are around pesticides are increasing their chances of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in their children, according to the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the California Department of Health Services.
Children are more likely to become affected by pesticide use, as numerous studies show that their brain does not fully form until they turn 12 years old. This means that their central nervous system has not fully developed, making it harder to fight off toxic pesticides. Since children also tend to engage in activities near pesticides such as playing on grass and placing objects in their mouth, this also increases their chances of bad health.
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