FC: P E S T I C I D E U S E
1: What are pesticides? | Pesticides are chemicals that prevent insects from invading your crops. Although they may protect your crops, they also harm many different physical and environmental factors.
2: How do pesticides work? | Farmers commonly use pesticides because they prevent crops from rotting, or being eaten from pests such as insects, birds, and pests in general. Because of this, farmers are able to grow their crops. Overall, pesticides are used to save your plants or crops.
3: What is a real life example? | As I said before, an example of pesticide use would be farmers. A lot of the food we buy from the grocery store such as apples, have pesticides sprayed onto them. Pesticides give crops a shiny, and glossy look, which gives them a 'perfect' look.
4: What are some short-term effects? | With pesticides use, there are not many short term effects because of the fact that pesticides are used to protect crops and plants. Once the pesticide is exposed to the environment, it's known ability to keep pests away takes action.
5: Although there may not be too many short-term effects on the environment, there are a few short-term effects on human beings. The skin of your body is prone to pesticides because it has an ability to absorb them. It is also possible to inhale or swallow the pesticides. The short-term effects can result in rashes, vomiting, and shortness of breath.
6: Although there may not be many short-term effects, the most common effect pesticides have on the environment is keeping insects away from crops. This is declared a short term effect because it temporarily keeps bugs away even though the chances of them coming back are high.
8: What are some of the long-term effects? | A long term effect that pesticides have on the environment is soil and water contamination. For example; if there were to be a pesticide leak or spill, it would be easy for it to seep into the soil and soon, the water.
10: How does it affect wildlife and people? | When people are exposed to pesticides, there are many results in this exposure. It can range from simple rashes, cancer, to death. These conditions are caused by the chemicals that can be absorbed through your skin, inhaled, or consumed.
11: Since pesticides are used on many of the foods we eat everyday, it is important to realize that a common way that we are exposed to pesticides is by consuming such chemicals. For example, fruits such as apples, oranges, strawberries, and practically everything else.
12: The effect that pesticides have on the environment is an entire different story. Very often, there are such things called pesticide leaks or spills. The name is quite self-explanatory; large amounts of pesticides leak or spill into the ground. These chemicals penetrate the soil deep underground, and often seeps into water banks, which can effect our water system. Pesticides do a good job on keeping bugs away, but can harm everything around it.
14: How safe is this method? | For the most part, pesticide use can be very efficient. It keeps bugs away from crops and plants. Unfortunately, if exposed too much to the human body, it can become fatal. If it wasn't for the fact that we have pesticides, many of the foods we eat would be inedible.
16: What concerns are there with disposing? | Unfortunately, a common way people dispose of pesticides is to pour it down a drain, sink, or toilet. This may seem like a fast and efficient way to dispose of them, but is actually highly hazardous. The pesticides are able to travel down waterways and sewage systems which will eventually cross paths with wastewater treatments. Many companies cannot support such chemicals to be removed. It is better to prevent such methods from being taken place in the beginning.
18: Describe a real life event associated with this issue | "The World Health Organization reports 220,000 people die every year worldwide because of pesticide poisoning." | As you can see, this statistic shows how common deaths occur worldwide because of pesticides. Such chemicals can build up overtime to cause such conditions.
19: Studies show that undeveloped countries are more prone to pesticide use than developed countries. Because of this, the majority of deaths are originated from such countries. This is because that the probability of the safety standards there are quite low, and the proper equipment there is missing.