Are you wondering how chemical pesticides may affect the lives of you and your family? We have summarized some of their potentially harmful effects on the environment, your health and your home. We have also shown why it is so important to use organic pesticides instead.
Studies have shown that chemical pesticides linger in the atmosphere, in the ground and in our waterways long after the application has ceased. Not to mention, almost 100 years of chemicals, placed on fields across the world, all add up to quite a bit of lingering pollution!
Pesticide transfer is a major way in which chemicals cause collateral damage, beyond their intended use. For example, the Pesticides and the Environment, Agricultural MU Guide explains that "for certain pesticides to be effective, they must move within the soil…and too much movement within the soil, can move the pesticide away from the target pest and possibly into your produce. This results in reduced pest control, contamination of surface water and groundwater as well as injury to non-target species, including humans." Pesticides always end up traveling outside of their intended area of use, either by air, soil or water.
While nothing can completely eliminate the traveling aspect of pesticides, Safer® Brand organic pesticides minimize the environmental risks during the voyage. Most Safer® Brand products break down into their natural elements within 7-10 days, making them a big step in the right direction towards reducing potential risk of any chemical pesticides entering our food supply.
Environmental health also includes the use of CFC's in aerosols. Safer® Brand continues to improve environmental health through the creation of the world's first truly organic aerosols that are CFC free and contain no chemical odor! These revolutionary organic pesticides include Safer® Brand Flying Insect Killer, Safer® Brand Wasp and Hornet Killer, and Safer® Brand Ant and Roach Killer. Safer® Brand's line of organic pesticides and insect killer products, allow you to eliminate pests, without the use of synthetic chemicals.
Effects On Soil
Once farmers began widespread use of chemical pesticides across the world, a drastic change in soil health followed. "The United States government estimates that levels of trace minerals in fruit and vegetables fell by up to 76% between 1940 and 1991" says Cleeton. The depleted nutritional value of our soil is tied directly to widespread increased exposure to pesticides.
Our non-organic foods contain a lot more than depleted nutritional value with research consistently finding pesticide residues in a third of food, including residues of more than one chemical in the following: Apples, Baby Food, Bread, Cereal Bars, Fresh Salmon, Lemons, Lettuce, Peaches, Nectarines, Potatoes and Strawberries.
If it can be said that these chemicals are "‘meant" for the ground or for insects, they certainly are not meant to enter our bodies, especially since pesticides are designed to kill living organisms.
Going organic allows one to start from scratch with the soil. Decreasing soil chemical contamination creates an overall "return to nature", bringing back nutrients, helpful organisms and yielding clean, unaltered produce, grown by you, in your own healthy, organic garden. Using organic pesticides products such as Safer® Brand 3-in-1 Concentrate and Safer® Brand Bug Patrol can keep your garden healthy and bug-free, and most of all, keep your family healthy!
Synthetic Pesticides have been linked to a myriad of diseases. The Pesticides Literature Review, based on studies conducted by a multi-university research team in Toronto concludes that "...people should reduce their exposure to pesticides, because of links to serious illnesses."
Results of this study found consistent evidence of serious health risks such as cancer, nervous system diseases and reproductive problems in people exposed to pesticides…through home and garden exposure."
Similar research has cited the increased presence of neurological disorders, Parkinson’s disease, childhood leukemia, lymphoma, asthma and more unpleasant disease occurrences, for those with ample exposure to chemical pesticides. Converting to organic pesticides is a logical step to potentially help reduce the chances of disease or accelerating the course of a disease.
Grow your own vegetables such as tomatoes? Using organic pesticides like Safer® Brand Tomato and Vegetable Insect Killer will keep your plants free from pests, and keep your family free from harmful pesticides!
Remnants of pesticides have been found in the bloodstreams of those suffering from certain types of cancer. The Facts About Organic Foods; Having More Vitamins and Minerals Protects You From Chronic Disease claims that: "Women with breast cancer are five to nine times more likely to have pesticide residues in their blood than those who do not."
The apparent link between hormone dependent cancers, such as those of the breast and prostate, may be via endocrine disrupting chemicals such as 2,4D and Atrazine (both herbicides).
With daunting statistics such as these, why are more not making the move to organic pesticides? We feel it is education. Once more people become aware of the potential risks associated with produce treated with synthetic chemicals, the faster they will convert to organics and organic pesticides. Enjoy a lush, green, and beautiful pest free lawn by using Ringer® Lawn Restore and Concern® Weed Prevention Plus. Keep your family safe by not exposing them to harmful chemicals.
Did you know that synthetic pesticides are easily brought indoors by children or pets from playing in the yard? Chemical Pesticides brought indoors (on the clothes of your kids or the hair of your pets) can be absorbed through the skin. You could be breathing in the very chemicals used to make grass grow or kill pests while sitting at dinner or fast asleep in bed.
William Baue from the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition says, "‘while many chemical pesticides decompose rapidly when exposed to outdoor light and heat, in an indoor environment they can persist, sometimes for years, buried in carpet fibers, furniture, and stuffed toys." Pets lay and children play on your carpeted floors. Toys and furniture are enjoyed by all. You may have chemical residue on or in these surfaces right now! Definitely a compelling reason for using organic pesticides instead.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that levels of indoor pollutants can be two to five times higher than outdoors. Indoor air pollution is ranked among the top four environmental health risks in the United States by the EPA. Microscopic particles and invisible gases can accumulate undetected in your home until you notice the ill effects. Do you really want to wait that long?
Going organic and using organic pesticides may help drastically reduce these indoor air pollutants. Using Safer® Brand products such as Ringer® Lawn Restore and Concern® Weed Prevention Plus will not only keep your lawn healthy, but keep your family safe. Using organic pesticides instead of chemical pesticides is vital to the future of our planet!
Safer®Brand garden care products that are gentler on the environment! Most of them proudly display the OMRI Listed® organic seal and comply for use in organic gardening!