Essay on The Use of Dangerous and Illegal Pesticides in America

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The Use of Dangerous and Illegal Pesticides in America Pesticides are used all over the world to grow healthier and larger quantities of food. These pesticides have made it possible for countries to produce excess foods that they can export. The growers in America have been able to send aid to countries who face natural disasters and many other countries who face hunger for other reasons. Though the United States is highly capable of feeding itself it imports much of its food from all over the earth (U.S. Department of agriculture, 2001, p. 36). Pesticides do a lot of good; however, they can also do a lot of harm. Researchers have found that pesticides can cause diseases, such as cancer. There are many issues with the intake of…show more content…
The EPA uses a simple equation to assess whether or not a pesticide should be banned, "RISK = TOXICITY ¥ EXPOSURE" ("Assessing Health," 1999). This equation takes the factors that contribute to the dangers of pesticides and gives weather they are dangerous or not and at what levels they are dangerous. Regulation There are many rules that go with importing foods. In the committee on foreign affairs hearing on the Circle of Poison a Mr. Wiles said that the United States requires that each food shipment have a list of all pesticides that have been applied to the crop. The article "Protecting The Public From Pesticide Residues In Food," states that, "Manufactures must also provide information on residues found in many processed foods, such as apple juice or tomato paste" ("Protecting The Public From Pesticide Residues In Food," 2003). In recent years, restrictions have been made to protect children. In 1999, the EPA decided that banning some pesticides for use on "kid's food" would be safer. So restrictions were placed on Organophosphate pesticide methyl parathion and azinphos methyl would make foods safer for kids ("Protecting Children," 2002). To help keep up with possible needed tests every chemical used on an crop coming into the United States are supposed to be (Committee on Foreign Affairs, 1994, p. 32). Illegal & Not U.S. Registered Many pesticides cause residues over

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