In the last few decades, health and environmental experts have uncovered dirt on chemical pesticides, causing it to earn a bad reputation. In fact, pesticide use is now discouraged by many despite its agricultural benefits. We can’t deny that chemical pesticides are bad for you, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Here are 9 shocking facts about pesticides that you need to know about.
Fact #1: Pesticides are in the food you eat.
You always hear doctors and nutritionists telling you to eat fruits and vegetables because they’re healthy. In reality, that’s only half of the story. While they naturally contain vitamins and minerals that are good for you, they also contain harmful pesticides most of the time.
The agricultural industry isn’t shy about using pesticides. Farms from all over the world liberally spray them on fruits and vegetables to protect them from a variety of pests including insects, weeds, and plant diseases. What this does is minimize damage on their crops, resulting in improved yields, greater profits, and good quality produce.
Unfortunately, pesticides are often comprised of chemicals that are harmful to both humans and animals. And it just so happens that fruits and vegetables – the same food health experts encourage you to eat – absorb these toxic chemicals. In a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013, 3,015 produce samples from all over America were tested for the presence of pesticides. Almost two-thirds tested positive for pesticide residues. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), it is estimated that about 165 different pesticides were found in these foods at the time of the study.
Even pets are in danger of ingesting these pesticides. Most dog and cat foods sold in the market are comprised of corn meals and other elements sourced from pesticide-treated crops. The more expensive pet foods are made of meat and organ meal but even those aren’t safe. These meat products tend to come from cattle fed with pesticide-laden crops. Yikes!