S: Pesticide Use - Vanessa Tark
BC: TOGETHER WE CAN STOP THE USE OF PESTICIDES.
FC: Pesticide Use | Vanessa Tark
1: Pesticides are substances that are used to keep insects and other living creatures away from plants and agriculture, but sometimes, these substances have a harmful effect.
2: Some pesticides are meant to target one specific pest while others target everything, this leads to the destruction of habitats.
3: Pesticides are used everywhere, even on local farms! Pesticides are sprayed either by hand or by machine, residential areas are subject to these toxins because home owners want their grass to look green.
4: Some short term effects may be the death of grass and crops, you may experience dizziness and nausea, headaches and migraines and you may pass out for a while.
5: Some long term affects may include cancer, birth defects, incurable illnesses, death, acid rain, the extinction of a species, the pollution of water sources and permanent damage to fields and soils
6: When I say pesticides are used everywhere, I mean EVERYWHERE. These highly toxic chemicals can cause a series of illnesses and target your organs especially your brain if inhaled directly. Pregnant women's children may be affected with birth defects when born. STOP PESTICIDE USE IN OUR COMMUNITIES.
8: Pesticides have caused many issues over the last 60 years of pesticide development. Cambodia has suffered much in both their rice crops and citizens due to overly sprayed pesticides
9: The over use of pesticides in Cambodia has become almost as bad as the land mines. People are coming down with illnesses and defects and water is becoming undrinkable.
10: Pesticides are also disrupting the food chain because if one animal gets a disease, the rest of the food chain is highly likely to catch that illness.
12: Pesticides are used all over and advertisements make people feel the need to have their grass cleared of weeds and farmers to have their crops grow much healthier.
13: With the help of these ads, the pesticide industry still slowly grows no matter how hard we work to reduce the use of highly toxic pesticides.
15: Ask yourself this question, if pesticides are so toxic, why are we still using them? We would be better off without chemicals in our yards.
17: ACID RAIN
18: When pesticides flow down to rivers and lakes, they become a part of the water cycle. The clouds that are condensed from this water become highly toxic and fall back to earth as acid rain which destroys the plants and crops that they were meant to save in the first place.
21: Nowadays, people look at pesticide like it is something standard that every household should have. Media also plays a huge part in this whether we are aware of it or not. Media is a very powerful source when it comes to persuading and it's not helping the polluted water, acid rain and sickness.
23: About 50 years ago, a German company called Hoechst Schering AgrEvo created a new type of pesticide called endosulfan. Endosulfan is absorbed through the skin and can cause poisonings. Endosulfan has been found in the blood of polar bears, the fat and blubber of whales and the grasses on Everest.
24: In 2008, five boys in India died from poisoning from endosulfan by drinking contaminated milk that came from a cow that had full exposure to endosulfan.
25: In 1990, there were 278 poisonings and 85 deaths in the Philippines caused by endosulfan.
26: A man in Benin came home from work in the fields and put his work clothes, which were covered in pesticides, on the roof of his house to keep them away from his children. It rained in the night and the pesticides leaked down the roof and into the families’ water supplies. In the morning, the man's children used the water to bathe and drink and no sooner did they begin to experience headaches, nausea and convulsions. All four of the young children were dead in 20 hours.
27: The American government is working on removing all chemicals from pesticides to reduce health issues, environmental issues still have to be fixed. As well, the cost it takes to research the contents of a pesticide. At the same time, pesticides are helpful when it comes to gardening and growing healthier crops, the health and environmental issues must be seen as something much more important than the greenest lawn or largest squash contest.