Summary: The Effects Of Pesticides In Food

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The 2014 article, “The effects of pesticides in food” was written by Lisa Weber and seeks to address the negative connotations associated with pesticide residues in the food we eat. It is clear from the article that although pesticides are usually thought of as a solution, it can often result in the fatality of many. The author begins by providing a good overview of the matter at hand, followed by explicitly stating that while the use of pesticides is regulated by the government, a significant amount is still left on our food. She then proceeds to explain how pesticide consumption not only affects learning ability and our nervous system, but is also linked to breast cancer cases and the weakening of animal immune systems.

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It was 1993 when Wolff et al.(1993) first hypothesized a positive connection between a metabolite of DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, a pesticide and environmental estrogen) and breast cancer. Since it was well known that breast cancer and prolonged exposure to estrogens were interrelated, this suggested that DDT could play a critical role in the initiation of breast cancer. Likewise, results of a study conducted by Engel et al. (2005) suggest that the use of a number of organophosphate insecticides were associated with a higher chance of breast cancer.

Unlike the above mentioned, both Bachelet et al. (2010) and Shakeel et al. (2010) reviewed studies pertaining to DDT and breast cancer risk and argued that existing research provided conflicting findings. Perhaps, the findings would have been more conclusive if samples were taken closer to the time of disease initiation rather than at time of disease detection. Meanwhile, El-Zaemey (2013) concentrated her focus on the relevance of the level of exposure to household pesticide and deduced that there was no significant risk of breast
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Starks (2012) illustrated through her results that those exposed to high amounts of pesticides appear to show signs of a weakened peripheral nervous system. Hence, she came to the conclusion that pesticides may cause harm to our nervous system. Asmus et al. (2017) further explored this claim in Brazil. For the purpose of this study, the states of Brazil were categorized as such; high, medium and low pesticide use. In the end, her findings suggested that pesticide exposure could increase the risk of babies born with an abnormality of the central nervous system. This relationship proved to be true especially in the states of Brazil with high pesticide use, which is significant as it extends the credibility of the authors

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