Pesticide use in farming


By: Emily St. Aubin

The problem I am talking about is pesticides used in farming leaching leaching into the ground and ending up un rivers, lakes, and oceans contaminating wells and our drinking supplies.

Pesticides include herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, fumigants, bactericides, rodenticides, baits, lures, and repellents. They also include products used on animals to control external parasites if they are diluted or mixed with water. Pesticides can stay in the environment for up to 4-5 years, Pesticides can cause short-term adverse health effects, called acute effects, as well as chronic adverse effects that can occur months or years after exposure. Examples of acute health effects include stinging eyes, rashes, blisters, blindness, nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, and death.

What are pesticides made for, pesticides are a substance made for killing off any pests on crops, herbs, and plants. Herbicides are a type of pesticide used for controlling weeds so that crops can flourish herbicides are also used for safety in sports.

Fungicides are another type of pesticide used for killing fungus, fungicides are 90% sulfur with is very toxic, fungicides can cause irritated skin and eyes along with a cough when inhaled.  

When pesticides are found in water supplies, they normally do not have high concentrations to cause severe health effects such as chemical burns, nausea, or convulsions.  almost 90% percent of water samples containing at least five or more different pesticides.

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