Pesticides are Poisons

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Pesticides are Poisons

Pesticides are poisons.

They’re made to kill insects, rodents, fungi, and weeds.

But they can also kill people.

Organophosphates – one of the most common types of pesticide – were developed in Nazi Germany to be used as chemical weapons.

It was later recognized the same sort of nerve gases formulated to attack enemy soldiers and civilians could be used against agricultural pests.

During the past 60 years organophosphates, organochlorines, N-methyl carbamates, synthetic pyrethroid insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fumigants have been applied to the American landscape on a massive scale.

In 2001 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stopped counting how much pesticide was being used in the United States and hasn’t conducted a survey of pesticide use since.

And the chemical companies that sell these poisons don’t seem eager to let people know how much is really being sprayed.

A conservative estimate of current pesticide use in American agriculture would be about 1.2 billion pounds a year – about 4 pounds for every American man, woman, and child.

Despite industry claims that widespread pesticide use poses little threat to the public health, the latest scientific evidence suggests otherwise.

Almost everyone in the United States now has pesticide residues in his or her blood.

The effects of direct exposure to various pesticides aren’t disputed.

Pesticides can cause damage to your central nervous system, brain, and lungs, cancer, birth defects, sterility, and death.

The long-term effects of minute residues within your body are more subtle.

Recent studies suggest behavioral and developmental problems may be linked to childhood pesticide exposure.

And exposure begins at almost the moment of conception.

Pesticide residues are routinely detected in the amniotic fluid of pregnant women.

A number of the same companies that unleashed these toxic chemicals into the environment have, during the past decade, eagerly promoted the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Monsanto – once the manufacturer of such notorious pesticides as DDT and Agent Orange – now controls about 90% of American soybean production, through patents on its genetically modified seeds.

The company also controls about 60% of corn production.

Its leading competitor in the market for GM seed is Dow Chemical – a firm that over the years has manufactured pesticides, plastics, napalm, and the plutonium cores of nuclear weapons.

Although the health risks of eating genetically modified foods haven’t been established, these modified seeds have been dispersed throughout millions of acres of American farmland without study of the potential effects on human beings or the environment.

The technological mindset that would dump billions of pounds of deadly chemicals onto the soil, mix the genetic material of different species, build factory farms where livestock are treated like industrial commodities, and clone animals in order to give them a uniform size, has a very arrogant view of the natural world.

It regards Nature as something to be conquered and controlled for a short-term profit.

The organic movement embodies a different mindset.

It takes the long view.

It seeks the kind of profit that can last for generations.

It regards the natural world with a profound reverence and humility.

It aims to work with Nature – and considers the idea of controlling Nature to be absurd.

At the heart of the organic movement is a belief in the interconnectedness of things.

What you put into the soil winds up in the crops that grow in the soil, winds up in the animals that eat those crops, winds up in the people that eat those animals, winds up in the people that eat those animals – and ultimately winds up in everything, since all things return to the soil.

As all of us will one day return to the soil.

We are going to talk about the importance of the organic movement because the handful of corporations who are trying to control our food supply, and climate change and future petroleum shortages, threaten the entire basis of today’s industrial agriculture.

In a remarkably brief period of time, we’ve done tremendous damage to the environment and to ourselves.

It’s time to talk about how we can start to undo it.

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Dick and Lenay

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