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Lisa Garber
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Sunday 14 October 2012
“Unfortunately, pesticides attack your body on several fronts.”

7 Nasty and Crazy Effects of Pesticides in Food, Exposure

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When asked by a skeptical friend why you buy organic, do you find yourself tongue-tied? Was it obesity? Or thyroid problems? Why should you buy organic? There are numerous reasons to skip the mainstream supermarket food and shop at an organic grocer, but just one of those reasons revolves around the effects of pesticides.

Unfortunately, pesticides attack your body on several fronts. Keep this list handy the next time you find yourself wondering if you should buy a carton of conventional strawberries rather than organic to potentially save a few pennies. Remember that all of the following conditions will cost you much more than money; the effects of pesticides will cost you your health.

Here are 7 nasty and crazy effects of pesticides.

Effects of Pesticides – Cancer

The dreaded diagnosis of cancer has been linked in over 260 studies worldwide to agrochemicals. Worse, scientists have linked pesticides with several types of cancers, including that of the breast, prostate, brain, bone, thyroid, colon, liver, lung, and more. Some researchers from USC found that “those who lived within 500 meters of places where methyl bromide, captan and eight other organochlorine pesticides had been applied, they found, were more likely to have developed prostate cancer.”

But even indirect exposure, such as through parental use, has been found to affect children in a terrible way. A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has linked parental use of pesticides with an increased risk of brain cancer in children. “Parental exposures may act before the child’s conception, during gestation, or after birth to increase the risk of cancer,” the study said. And when the parents are exposed to the pesticides may also play a role in the different cellular changes that lead to cancer.

Obesity and Diabetes

Because pesticides have also been linked to obesity, it’s logical that it would be connected to diabetes, in which obesity often has a role. Some researchers found a higher prevalence of obesity in the participants with high urinary concentrations of a pesticide known as 2,5-dichlorophenol (2,5-DCP). It is important to note that 2,5-DCP is one of the most widely used pesticides on the globe.

Robert Sargis, MD, PhD, revealed his recent study findings at the Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting, stating that agricultural fungicide created insulin resistance in fat cells. The journal Diabetes Care published in 2011 that people with excess weight and high levels of organochlorine pesticides in their bodies had greater risk of becoming diabetic.

Parkinson’s Disease

Long-term exposure to herbicides and pesticides have been associated in over 60 studies with Parkinson’s. You don’t have to be a conventional farmer to be wary of these findings. Use natural methods to keep pests and weeds out of your home and garden today.

Infertility and Birth Defects

One of the most well-known negative effects of pesticides, infertility is continuously found to be a result of exposure to these agrochemicals. Atrazine—a weed killer used in agriculture as well as on golf courses and which has been found in tap water—may be partially responsible for climbing miscarriage and infertility rates. As for men, one 2006 study pinpointed chlorpyrifos with lowering testosterone levels. This pesticide is often found in strawberry fields and apple and peach orchards.

Other researchers tested roundup on mature male rats at a concentration range between 1 and 10,000 parts per million (ppm), and found that within 1 to 48 hours of exposure, testicular cells of the mature rats were either damaged or killed.

Avoid pesticides even if you’re already pregnant. These chemicals are responsible for causing various birth defects, too. A report revealed that the top selling herbicide Roundup disrupts male hormones due to the main active ingredient – glyphosate.


Admittedly, pesticides aren’t solely to blame for autism, but they may be a hefty part of the equation. Leading scientists are attributing the condition to genes and insecticides exposed to the mother while pregnant as well as to the child in early years.  This is because many chemicals affect the neurology of bugs, inadvertently affecting the neurological function of children, too. A 2010 Harvard study blames organophosphate pesticides—found in children’s urine—to ADHD.

What is the best way to to avoid pesticide exposure and pesticides in food? Don’t use pesticides, and buy organic. Organic isn’t always easy or cheap, so keep in mind these updated dirty dozen fruits and vegetables to always buy organic (plus 15 cleaner foods you can afford to buy conventional). NASA has also suggested raising air purifying plants indoors to clear your home of indoor air pollution. Remember to remove pesticides from your home, too.

I believe the time will come,

I believe the time will come, and maybe it's here, when concerned individuals will need to detox their own soil from these harmful toxins. I'm using something found on Amazon and eBay called Biogize Soil Detox (Just Google it). It removes herbicides, pesticides and many other contaminates from soil, manure, compost, etc. Maybe Natural News can advertise or sell it on their site... It's all over the Internet.

Unlike the other points made,

Unlike the other points made, the alleged link of pesticides to obesity is tenuous. One preliminary study is linked. What is shown is association in children (not lifelong obese folks) between obesity and some urinary concentrations of pesticide. This does not come close to indicting pesticides as a cause. Rather, it makes at least me suspect that obese and urine-affected kids are raised in families where parents - whether for reasons of ignorance or stress or economizing or focus elsewhere - pay less heed to good food and eating and other health choices of all kinds.

The "Autism" header would

The "Autism" header would lead one to think that there'd be something about autism there. To give readers "pesticides aren’t solely to blame for autism, but they may be a hefty part of the equation" seems a bit more sensationalism than reporting. The "hefty part" cries out for for facts, the research, but, no, it's only the author's opinion. Was this piece looked over by an editor before it went up?

If you want to protect your

If you want to protect your organic garden and avoid pesticides checkout the free ebook for ideas. Protect your immune system and cardiovascular system by going to

I had an organic farm back in

I had an organic farm back in the 90's and still have an organic garden. It may be true that some compounds approved for organic use are dangeroue and rotenone is one but I have not seen that sold for a long time and have not used it in nearly 20 years. Most organic farmers that I knew voluntarily stopped using it.
There are plenty of new organic pesticides that are not toxic.Diatomaceous Earth for example may not be the greatest stuff to breath in when you apply it but it certainly is not going to effect the consumer. There are also biological controls from diseases to predatory insects that are not going to harm humans. The reason BT is not so effective anymore is do to it being added to crops dna. These crops are not permitted in organic ag and the bt that arganic growers use simply washes off. Organic is still much safer then conventional farming any day.

...and lets not forget about

...and lets not forget about our friends the Bees.
We'll all be very busy running around painting pollen on plants if the Bees vanish.
Although this would be a great way to reduce unemployment I'd still rather let the bees do it.

It's true that some "organic"

It's true that some "organic" pesticides can be dangerous too. However, just because those are still allowed doesn't mean that we shouldn't set limits and present limits for commercial non-organic products are simply not strict enough. You only have to look at the medical scandals around farm workers who handle them constantly. Why is it ok to defend one poison on the grounds that another one exists which hasn't been dealt with yet? According to that logic, we should just stop complaining and accept any and all dangerous practices simply because it's too much trouble (or cuts too deeply into somebody's profits) to stop them.

The writer Lisa, makes it

The writer Lisa, makes it seem that organic food is pesticide free which it isn't. I think that is one of the biggest myths about organic food. An I'm not defending poisons, just point out a misconception.

All "organic" pesticides are

All "organic" pesticides are dangerous.

I remember when atrazine was

I remember when atrazine was being blamed for a huge increase in autism in kids in Iowa about 15 yearsa ago. Nothing, absolutely nothing, was ever done about it. It was as if the FDA just didn't really give a damn! I say wide-scale use of anything should be banned. Let's get back to living close to the food that goes on our table and support local coops and certified organic growers that pinch the bugs and use no pesticides at all! That's what I do!

Why is that Nation of Change

Why is that Nation of Change comes up short when discussing these issues. First, you do know that organic farmers use pesticides and herbicides? Rotenone and copper sulfates are used by organic farmers. Both are toxic. You mentioned Parkinson's. Well, rotenone has been linked to parkinson's as well.

Second, organochlorine pesticides have been banned in the U.S. save for one and that's on its way out. Methyl bromide? Banned. I don't know about the others you mentioned. You should present facts and not scary "everybody panic" stories.

The big question is how do we balance the need for weed and insect control and health, environment and sustainability? It is a fact that many more natural methods aren't as effective as synthetics for large scale use.

Finally, by buying organic, you aren't necessarily buying safe. You can argue "safer," but the bottom line is there are no 100% safe methods. Maybe Bt, but that is only effective on certain insects.

I agree with all that you

I agree with all that you said thank you for pointing out what so many wish not to hear. I would like to add the following:

Bt is quickly loosing it's effectiveness. It is also approved for Organic use. Studies are starting to show that Bt is not safe either. And when you actually think about it, it is easy to understand that anything that kills insects will harm us too. Our nervous systems are not all that different and that is typically what insecticides target.

It is also starting to seem like the old 5 crop rotations and small livestock field grazing work best.

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