Should Pesticides Be Banned

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PESTICIDES: THE UGLY, THE BAD AND THE BEES. To pesticide or not to pesticide? The correct answer for this question is no! Pesticides should be banned because these products have harmful effects to many living things. One of the most important pollinators on the planet, bees, are an organism that is highly affected by pesticides. Pesticides contribute to many health problems in adults and children. Pesticides today contaminate our food and water, along with hurting the environment in other ways. Pesticides were created to be harmful to the organisms and the environment surrounding them. An article supplied by the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service states this about pesticides. “Pesticides are intentionally designed to be toxic …show more content…
The reason children are more at risk of being harmed from pesticides is the fact that children go outside and play. The areas in which they play for example, parks and outside in their front yard is an area that most herbicides are being used at. Most children are playing on the ground which contains pesticides. When kids play on the ground, they sometimes bring certain objects to their mouth and this is when children are being highly exposed to harmful chemicals which can hurt their bodies in serious ways. Not only are children exposed to pesticides outside children can also be affected at their own homes if the parents use certain pesticides in their homes or on their pets (Jurewicz). Children are exposed to these toxic chemicals through the soil, air and even their food. Foods such as potatoes, apples, citrus fruits, and corn and many more have been found to be the ones that are more contaminated than any other type of food. Babies are also affected by pesticides if the mother was exposed to any form of pesticide while pregnant. Some of the chemicals found in the pesticide can be found in the mother’s breast milk (Jurewicz). Ways pesticides enter the human body and cause harm is by dermal, oral, and respiratory exposure …show more content…
A good reason to use pesticides would be because pesticides help control the number of pests found in crops. It is said that food production would fall by 40 percent more if pesticides were not used on crops. Crops currently lose 20-40 percent with pesticides being used. As explained by CropLife Canada in their article Why do we need pesticides? It is stated “ Weeds compete with crops for water, nutrients, sunlight and space, while insects and diseases can eat away at crops and either entirely destroy them or make them unable to grow. Pesticides are one option – and sometimes the only option – for controlling these nasty pests.”(Why do we need

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