Pesticides: General Health Hazards
Pesticides are commonly used throughout the United States. Unfortunately, the very chemicals that prevent harmful pests from causing damage to our property have been proven detrimental to animal and human health by numerous and continuing scientific studies.
Some of the more common and minor side effects in humans of pesticide usage are
eye and skin irritations such as burning, itching, and rash. Pesticide exposure
has also been shown to cause damage to the nervous and immune systems, sometimes
even leading to the development of certain cancers and death. The reproductive
system, too, is especially susceptible to harmful influence from exposure to pesticides,
resulting in a higher rate of birth abnormalities and miscarriage, decreased birth
weight, and a host of fertility problems for both men and women. Pesticides such
as DDT have also been found to be destructive to our natural environment and nearly
decimated certain wildlife habitats such as that of the brown pelicans in Texas
and Florida. These types of pesticides can seep into the groundwater supply and
be consumed by humans as well. In spite of the mass of scientific evidence exposing
the dangers of pesticides, they are still utilized daily throughout the country.
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