The Effects Of Pesticides On Human Health

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Out of cereal? Need a new t-shirt? Craving some sugar? Immediately, our minds think that it’s time for a shopping trip. But where do the malls and supermarkets get their goods from? Wheat, cotton, sugarcane, and rice are a few of the major exports from India’s $39 billion dollar agriculture industry (Flake 2014). However, this high output of crops does not come without a cost. Pesticides provide economic benefits by enhancing the yield of food as well as preventing vector-borne diseases, but they do so at a risk to the health of India’s farmers. Unfortunately, the chemical properties of pesticides that make them effective in their purpose of destroying the insects and pests that feed on crops are the same chemical properties that have a negative effect on human health. Agriculture accounts for about 50% of India’s workforce, yet many of these laborers are in contact with potentially toxic chemicals day after day with little effort to minimize their exposure risks (Flake, 2014). This issue does not only concern India’s farmers, but also has an impact on a global scale. Worldwide consumption of India’s crops that are produced from excessive or harmful pesticide usage and environmental consequences make this a problem that everyone should be aware of. Global agricultural productivity has tremendously increased over the past 50 years since the so called Green revolution, a period of time in which there were technological advancements in farming practices including a widespread
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