Pesky Pesticides

Everyone learns about how soil makes plants grow when they are in elementary school.  But the soil we learned about then is not the same as it is now.  Especially the soil used to grow our crops.  Almost everything we eat today has some kind of chemical or preservative in it.  Whether we are trying to keep bugs off the crops or make food last longer, almost nothing is completely 100% natural.  And incase you are thinking “Hey! What about organic foods?”. In which case we are on the same page.  According to this article there are 10 synthetic insecticides approved for organic farms.  So even when we think we ditched the chemicals, they are right under our noses, and in our diets.

What soil is used for growing crops?
In order for plants to grow the soil should be fertile.  This means the soil must contain nutrients and allow water and air to flow.  Good soil is usually slightly damp and a dark brown color.  A soil farmers usually wouldn’t use would be more of a dry and crumbly consistency.
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What kind of pesticides are used and what effect does it have on us?
The two most common used pesticides are called malathion and chlorpyrifos.  Pesticides have been known to cause some health hazards such as headaches or nausea, in rare studies they are even shown to cause cancer.  But of course this all depends on what chemicals we are ingesting and how much.
How do the pesticides affect our environment?
The big picture of this whole post is to tell you why pesticides are so bad for the environment.  When people use pesticides they don’t just stick to the plants they’re sprayed on.  They travel through the air and can even get into the groundwater that we drink.  Not only does this mean there are unnatural chemicals everywhere, but pesticides also kill our little bug friends who are part of our ecosystem.
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To my fellow fruit and veggie eaters out there, think twice about what goes into your body.  Maybe wash your fruits and veggies a second or third time before eating them.  Also try to avoid pesticides around your home, it won’t only benefit you but it will keep our friendly little critters alive another day.
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