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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 an...

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