The Impact of Pesticides on the Brain In 1962, Rachel Carson startled the pesticide industry with her research and endeavors to educate the public about the statistical evidence of the harmful effects of chemical pesticides in the environment. This environmental movement helped to ban toxic chemicals, such as DDT. However, over the years the restrictions and regulations on the pesticide chemicals began to ease and the agricultural industry continued to increase the use of pesticides. In the farming industry the pesticides play a major role in increasing production yields and therefore making produce more affordable. However, the increase in brain tumors in agricultural workers and brain damage in children have caused scientists and doctors to investigate this dilemma by conducting a variety of studies to determine if the chemicals in pesticides have an impact on the brain.
GMOs may be toxic to non-target organisms, bees and butterflies being the most talked-about examples currently. Bees are hugely important in the pollination of many food crops, but are unfortunately extremely endangered by modern agricultural techniques, such as GM crops. Monarch butterflies are specifically at risk from GMO maize plants. In addition to bees and butterflies, birds are also at risk from pesticides, and work as biological control agents and pollinators, again, like bees.” (Emily Glass). The US government knows the harms also that the pesticides bring upon us, “Despite these negative impacts, U.S. government regulators continue to approve GMO crops.
Integrated Pests Management: A Safe Alternative to Hazardous Pesticides The well being of our everyday day lives are affected by the agriculture industry. For many years now we have been using pesticides to control the pest population in our crops. Over the years research has shown that pesticides can cause fatal diseases like cancer. Pests are also becoming resistant to pesticides. It is time that we find a new way to rid of pests.
The incorporation of pyramided genes rather than only giving the plant one gene discourages the probability of pests developing evolutionary resistance because the insects would then need various simultaneous mutations in order for complete resistance to the plant’s toxins to occur. The benefits of growing transgenic crops outweigh the negative effects that it poses. These crops have led to increase production and profits to farmers growing these crops, along with a significant decrease in the use of synthetic pesticides that would pose a threat to the environment.
To animals, pesticides can disrupt their environments and kill them, which affects the food chain and humans. Pesticides also harm humans and can cause harmful side effects such as cancer and birth defects. These downfalls of pesticides far outweigh the benefits of pesticides, considering that there are alternative ways to naturally fertilize and control pests. All in all, pesticides must be replaced with alternatives as they harm humans and animals and can easily be replaced with natural methods that can save farmers money.
As the years have gone by the world develops new equipment that makes it easier for farmers to spray plants with pesticides chemicals. By having new ways to spray the chemicals does not make it safer for the workers to have no contact with the hazard chemicals that are created. "Pesticide applicators, farmers and farmworkers, and communities near farms are often most at risk, but studies by the Centers for Disease Control show that all of us carry pesticides in our bodies"(Pesticides 101). People working in this should not be unsafe and risk their health because since they are the ones being more exposed and it has been proven that the workers are the ones that are more effected and have shown that they have been harm by the chemicals used in their work spaces. The environment should be safe for the future and keeping human's health not as exposed should be the first priorities instead of risking people to unwanted
Genetically modified organisms are known to carry many risks along with its benefits. Many studies have shown that eating new genetically modified organisms cause more allergic reactions found in people some of the reason is even if people don’t consume GMO crops. Animals are being fed GMO products such as soy beans, and corn then the animal is consumed by us. Many GMO’s pose great environmental damage by crossbreeding with weeds. This is a threat because most genetically modified crops are made to be herbicide resistance, when cross-breeding happens the weeds also become resistant to herbicides making it easier for them to spread.
Rachel Carson’s work Silent Spring, while it dramatizes the situation and events, also provides information on how society has suffered losses from the use of pesticides in recent years. She focuses highly on the irreversible damage to wildlife and the danger these new pesticides pose to humans. With Carson’s background and knack for writing, this piece was excellently written to exact a specific response from the uninformed reader. This piece does a bit of a poor job at balancing the gains and losses between pesticides and the welfare to humankind. Her purpose appears more wavering towards an impassioned plea for action against the use of these new insecticides than an informed piece striving to enlighten the population.
Who had done such a barbaric act, and murdered these innocent and helpless amphibians? It turns out that farmers are the ones we should point the fingers at. Their toxic pesticides have not only extinguished the pests affecting their crops, but also killed many of nature’s slimy leapers. Pesticide use should be regulated in a more ecological way, as an effort to reduce the number of deaths of frogs, an important indicator of anthroterrestrial relations in California’s Central Valley. Some farmers might argue that if the pesticides are adjusted to meet with the desired regulations, then the productivity levels of crops will be affected.
Furthermore, within the article "Harmful Pesticides Found in Everyday Food Products" Lu proposes due to the survival of the fittest, pest resilience will escalate until pesticides no longer become an efficient method of protection. Therefore, pesticide’s initial effort to generate improved crops essentially yields a further toxic and chemical rich