Effects of the chemicals for food, soil and water sources
Pesticides and fertilizers are chemical compounds used for destroying or repelling pests, unwanted plants (weeds and damage crops), fungus or insects. They contain active, inert ingredients and contaminants potentially harmful for humans and animals.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “the active ingredients are the chemicals that prevents, destroys, repels, or mitigates a pest, plant regulators, defoliants, desiccants, or nitrogen stabilizers. The inert ingredients are chemicals, compounds and other substances, important for product performance and usability”.
Many people may think that only those who have been directly exposed to pesticides and fertilizers can be harmed, but the truth is that the damage can become easily worse, because, as these chemicals are used directly in crops and food, some residues can remain impregnated in them and when consuming that food, people may be at risk of developing chronic effects on their health like: fatigue, vomiting, breathing problems, skin irritations, brain and blood disorders, infertility and sterility, birth defects, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in kids and almost increased risk of cancer.
The idea that pesticides and fertilizers are the only way to destroy pests is common but not correct. In fact, these chemicals can cause catastrophic and long lasting impacts for the environment, affecting the soil and clean water sources, due to their levels of toxicity. Thus, there are other solutions than using chemicals to grow our food, preventing the harmful effects.
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