FC: What is a Pesticide? | PESTICIDES | Is this a safe thing?
1: What is a Pesticide? | Pesticides are what homeowners use to maintain their lawns and gardens, farmers use this to control the weeds, and enable the growth of crops.
2: How does it work? | Farmers use pesticides by spraying it all over the crops and grass. For example, they'll spray it all over, and the number of weeds will decrease. For a homeowner they use it to get rid of weeds to keep their lawn healthy.
3: Why is it bad on the environment? | This is bad on the environment because all the pesticides can cause many different things that can harm the environment. It can harm the soil which effect the animals and plants, It can effect the water which can effect the fish that we consume. The pesticides can also effect people. It can cause long term or short term effects.
4: What impacts do pesticides have? | Pesticides effect many things. One thing that it effects are the vegetables we eat. They can effect the vegetables that grow, It leaves residues on the foods. It also leads to having fewer kinds of living things in soil and waterways. This concludes to plants and animals either having the population number being dropped or completely gone.
5: Effects on People | This effects on people can be long term and short term. Short terms effects include headaches, dizziness, and vomiting. Long term effects include respiratory and digestive problems, memory disorders, and skin and eye problems.
6: Residues | Almost every lake, river or stream in the more populated area in North America has been reported that they contain pesticide residues. Pesticide residues are chemicals from the pesticide usage. But in areas with a lower population, the residue levels are lower, but in waterways that flow into great lakes, the residue level is high.
7: How do Residues effect us? | The Ontario Ministry of the Environment is suggesting that "Women of childbearing age and children under 15 should restrict their consumptions of most sport fish caught in Ontario waters and some fresh fish should not be consumed at all".
8: But how do they get into the water? | The chemicals from the pesticides get into the waters different ways. One way is when percolation occurs. It's where the water seeps underground which enter a water supply. Another way is when the pesticides drift and spread over an area. The wind then carries the particles. When it passes by a lake, river or stream, the settle into the water. Overtime they build up in the water causing harmful concentrations that can damage the environment for a long time.
9: Pesticides are...... | Even though pesticides benefit your lawn, garden, or farm land, I highly do not recommend using this. It harms the environment in short term and long term ways. It also isn't good for us. It leaves residue on foods that we eat and can harm us. So would you rather take a little bit more time to get rid of the weeds in your lawn and keep us and the environment healthier and preserving it? Or save a little time and use the pesticides that are harming the environment just to keep the weeds under control? Which do you choose?