Pesticides are something we want to avoid taking in with our foods. We know we should avoid them, but often, we are not exactly sure why.
Gone are the days when we might just pick up an apple and eat it without at least pondering what might have been sprayed on it before it reached the fruit bowl. We instinctively know that an assortment of agents are sprayed onto foods, and that we should not ingest them, but just what is it about pesticides that makes them so bad? – quite a lot apparently.
Some studies have indicated that the use of pesticides, even at low doses, can increase the risk of certain cancers. According to Helpguide, these include conditions like leukemia, lymphoma, brain tumors, breast cancer and prostate cancer.
The problems with pesticides begin early in life too. Children and babies are most vulnerable because their immune systems, bodies, and brains are still developing. It has been suggested that early exposure to the chemicals in pesticides could be responsible for developmental delays, behavioural disorders and even autism.
Despite our best efforts to eat as healthy as possible, most of us have accumulated a build-up of pesticides in our bodies due to numerous years of exposure. When we shop for food in the supermarket, we are simply not told what is being put on the food we buy and over time a chemical “body burden” results that can lead to issues such as headaches or a weakened immune system.
Aside from the risks to our health, the widespread use of pesticides has led to the emergence of “super weeds” and “super bugs,” which are killed with extremely toxic poisons. This means we move into a cycle of using stronger and stronger poisons just to keep weeds at bay, and the impact worsens. It’s time we took a long, hard look at how our food is being produced, not only for the health of our families, but for future generations for whom pesticides will only get more toxic, scary stuff!