What you really need to know about pesticides

There might be some confusion around pesticides. Are they all evil? Are they nothing to be worried about?  At times, there are chemicals that are allowed onto the market before their impacts are understood- in other words, before the chemicals affect our health and environment years or even decades down the road. Today, the science is black and white that low levels of exposure to these chemicals can be detrimental to human health- especially children of farmers.

First things first, we need to ask ourselves: What are pesticides?

Pesticides are the substances used to ward off unwanted pests such as bugs, rodents, weeds and fungal pests. Pesticides are broken down in to four broad categories

  • Insecticide: A chemical that kills unwanted pests and insects by getting inside an insect’s body where they then act like poison- known as dermal entry. They can also be entered orally inside the bugs body.
  • Herbicide: A chemical that is used to kill unwanted plants such as weeds. It kills the plant when they’re absorbed into the leaves, stems or roots.
  • Rodenticides: As the name alludes to, the chemical is used to kill rodents. These poisons are usually put into food that rodents eat to make the bait more poisonous.
  • Fungicides: These chemicals are used to control fungal problems such as molds, mildew and rust.

Why are pesticides harmful to human’s health?

Pesticides are not only bad for the environment, but they are detrimental to human health. When eating products with heavy pesticides on them, they get stored in the intestines where they build up over time. In some cases, a non-organic apple may have up to 30 different pesticides. Studies have shown that pesticides have been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s, ADHD and even birth defects. They also have been shown to influence the nervous system.

Difference between natural and unnatural pesticides

No body wants bugs or pests in the food that they eat so it’s important to differentiate between natural and unnatural pesticides. Natural and unnatural pesticides are worlds apart- it might even be inaccurate to label natural pesticides as “pesticides”. The mighty question of “Do organic foods have pesticides?” The answer is yes- but these pesticides come from natural sources such as certain types of plants. Apart from human health, natural pesticides are more ecological as they don’t use synthetic ingredients. Organic farmers will also tend to use less pesticides.

 

What DeeBee’s Organics uses

At DeeBee’s Organics, we strive on our commitment to being completely organic- both Canadian and USA approved. We know how much it means to our customers to have a high level of corporate social responsibility at our company. Dee Bee’s uses organic farming that uses natural pesticides such as botanical pesticides that are completely natural and non-synthetic. That means we value the well being of not only our customers, but we value the well being of the environment.

 

 

 

 

 

Sources

https://www.nature.com/scitable/blog/green-science/the_dangers_of_pesticides (Date accessed: 2019/07/15)

https://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/organic-productionorganic-food-information-access-tools (Date accessed: 2019/07/15)

https://www.panna.org/pesticides-big-picture/pesticides-101 (Date Accessed: 2019/07/15)

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