Pesticides Effects

There are many important issues in the world regarding the environment and it\'s
affects on the average person. Though, the one that hits closest to home,
worldwide, is the trust that individuals have in the food that they consume. Yet
pesticides are still found daily in foods all around the world. Pesticides are
toxins that are used by produce growers universally to control pests that can
destroy crops. These toxins are being ingested by humans in the forms of fruits
and vegetables that have remaining toxins on them. How safe are these toxins to
humans and what is being done to safeguard the environment as well as the health
of individuals? Does the average person consume harmful amounts of poison at
every meal? If the levels are unsafe, why is this problem continuing to get a
blind eye from the people who are supposed to protect society? These questions
when asked only lead to more questions. Until things are done to change the
systems of pesticide usage universally, society can never be sure as to the long
term effects on our environment and what they are eating or giving to the future
of our world, the children. In some foreign countries pesticides are used more
frequently with legislative control than in the United States. In Mexico and

South America, for example, many of the pesticides that the United States and

Europe have banned, wind up being used on a majority of their produce crops. The
largest problem with this is that Europe and the United States import from South

America for produce all of the time. What good does it do to ban harmful
agricultural chemicals to be used on domestically grown crops if crops in other
countries are grown with these same harmful chemicals, and are then allowed to
be imported? Mexico and South America are the leading suppliers of produce for
the earth\'s population because their climate is very conducive to year around
crops. Unfortunately those countries are also known for their large amount of
insects of all varieties. These insects are steadily becoming more and more
immune to toxins that are sprayed on crops. More than five hundred insects, one
hundred and fifty plant diseases and two hundred and seventy weeds are now
resistant to pesticides. Results are that U.S. growers as well, are steadily
forced to apply more and stronger toxins. As the amount and the strength of the
toxin increases, the immunity of the targeted insects to these toxins also
increases. Total U.S. crop losses from insect damage has nearly doubled since

1945. Insecticide use during this same time has increased tenfold. This war will
go on being waged until the game plan is changed. The produce export trade in
some cities and countries constitutes the majority of their economy and they
will protect the resulting income at all costs. These places have very little
legislation to control chemical usage, and follow up on almost none of its
effects. Officials do not care how it affects consumers, being adults or
children. Even their own agricultural worker\'s health is of no concern. These
officials only care about producing crops and exporting them with as little
overhead as possible. The bottom line is, always has been, and always will be
money. In Villa Juarez, Mexico, many children who work in the produce fields are
coming down with mysterious illnesses and some people in this region put the
blame directly on those children\'s contact with the chemical acephate and other
pesticides that are used in that area. The use of acephate is illegal in the

United States, but is perfectly legal in Mexico. Doctors in Juarez are treating
unusually high amounts of cancer and also fifty to eighty cases of chemical
poisoning per week in their agricultural workers. This continues to happen
because the government and the growers do not take these illnesses seriously;
the workers are expendable. Growers in Culcan Valley, Mexico use chemicals to
increase production of produce sold in the U.S. every winter. Unfortunately,
studies that were preformed by the Government Accounting office in Mexico showed
that at least six pesticides that are illegal in the U.S. were still on the
produce when it was exported. Moving on to South America, in Chile there are no
clear guidelines governing the use of agricultural chemicals on produce crops.

In the city of Rancaga, a large fruit growing region, a study was done to check
the risks that rural workers face, and what they found was astounding. Dr. Maria

Mella found that there is