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Rodrigo Louvat
I am a Marketing Associate at Tera in charge of digital marketing and content creation, writing blog articles and newsletters. Drop me a line at rodrigo.louvat@hellotera.com if you feel like it!

The Truth About Pesticides

What are pesticides?

Pesticides are a diverse group of substances used to combat pests and control their populations. They encompass a wide range of types such as herbicides, insecticides, nematicides, molluscicides, piscicides, avicides, rodenticides, bactericides, insect repellents, animal repellents, microbicides, fungicides, and lampricides. Among these, herbicides are the most commonly used, accounting for approximately 50% of global pesticide usage. Primarily, pesticides are designed to protect plants by combating weeds, fungi, and insects, making them valuable tools in plant and crop protection efforts.

Pesticides as we know them, commonly used to protect crops from insects and diseases, gained popularity after World War II. At the end of the war, chemical manufacturers sold excess supplies from the war effort to farmers in order to make a profit. These chemicals proved extremely effective. However, these chemicals came with risks that we didn’t understand at the time and must be aware of today. ????

Health Risks to Humans

Pesticides can have detrimental effects on human health. These chemicals accumulate in our bodies over time, gradually poisoning our systems. Surprisingly, even after washing fruits and vegetables, residual pesticides may remain. Certain produce, such as strawberries, apples, carrots, and spinach, tend to have higher levels of pesticides. Prolonged exposure to these substances has been associated with various health issues, including cancerAlzheimer’s disease, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), birth defects, and reproductive problems. It’s crucial to minimize our exposure to pesticides whenever possible.

Environmental Impact

The environmental consequences of pesticide use are significant. When these chemicals are sprayed on crops, they can end up contaminating nearby water sources through runoff. This contamination harms aquatic life, disrupting ecosystems and causing illness and death among fish and other organisms. Pesticides can also leach into groundwater, compromising the safety of our drinking water. Additionally, some pesticides turn into gases and drift through the air, posing risks to wildlife and potentially impacting reproductive systems.

Roundup pesticide bottle

Pesticides Beyond Farms

Pesticides don’t just stay on agricultural fields; they can be found in various household items. For example, insect repellents, wood preservatives, certain paints, and even swimming pool chemicals may contain these chemicals. It’s essential to be mindful of these potential sources of exposure. Organic food can even contain some pesticides if they were grown near produce. If you would like to be extra safe submerge your produce in a mix of baking soda and water, once done rinse. This method is far more effective at removing pesticides than simply rinsing.

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Why Choose Organic?

Organic farming practices offer a safer alternative. Organic farmers rely on natural sources of pesticides rather than synthetic chemicals. This means fewer harmful substances end up on our plates and in the environment. By supporting organic agriculture, we contribute to a sustainable future. ????

Taking Action

To make healthier choices, consider growing your own organic fruits and vegetables or supporting organic farmers by purchasing their produce. By doing so, you can ensure that your food is free from harmful chemical residues and enjoy the fresh flavors nature intended. Remember to visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s website for valuable pesticide safety tips and try to only buy organic products, wether its food or not. You can find all kinds of USDA Organic certified products on Tera. Let’s prioritize our well-being and the health of our planet!

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Spread the Word!

Help us raise awareness about the dangers of pesticides and the benefits of choosing organic. Share this educational newsletter with your friends and family, empowering them to make informed decisions about the food they consume. Together, we can make a positive impact on our health and the environment.

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