Pesticides : The Environment And Its Effects On The Environment

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There are many important issues in the world regarding the environment and its effects on the average person. Every day we go about our business – go to school, go to work, go home, and of course we also have to eat. But what we don’t think about often enough is what exactly are we eating? We just kind of trust that there are no harmful chemicals in that apple we just ate? However, Today in our environment, Pesticides are one of the most dangerous and harmful chemicals. Yet pesticides are still found daily in foods all around the world. Pesticides are toxins that are used by produce growers all around the world for preventing, repelling, or killing pests, insects, weeds, and many other unwanted organisms. In theory, the end result of pesticides should be highly specific and kill ONLY its specific target, unfortunately, most pesticides are not highly selective, and are generally toxic to many species… including humans. The effects of some pesticides on the nervous system may appear as early 24 hours upon contact, or may contribute to chronic neurodegenerative disorders, most notably Parkinson’s disease. Few people are aware that they are exposed to these pesticides every day and are powerful neurotoxin and endocrine disruptors. Pesticides are not new. In fact, it goes back to a thousand years when the Greeks and Romans killed pests using compounds such as Sulphur, mercury, arsenic, copper or plant extracts. Then during WWII, pesticides were also used as nerve gases for
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