Sunday, June 11, 2017

Petroleum even in Pesticides


Of 171 million pounds of pesticides used in California
 crop agriculture in 2013, this is the breakdown by type
It is commonly sprayed on plants to prevent the spread of disease, unwanted vegetation, controlling of insects, etc. But what is most interesting is the most common ingredient that is used: petroleum.  By using these pesticides, health issues have arisen which affect all of us. The U.S. Centers for Disease control (CDC) stated that America alone churns through 75 million pounds of pesticides each year.  These chemicals get into waterways which infect other ecological populations such as fish. As a result, not only using these type of pesticides are bad for health, it also affects the environment.  With a push to organic pesticides this could reduce the environmental effects on the population and health as well. By focusing on this push and government standard we can have a health future and reduce our depends on petroleum .

Sources:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensavage/2015/09/23/the-role-of-organic-pesticides-in-california/#673547656717
https://www.forbes.com/sites/oracle/2017/05/22/organic-pesticide-maker-to-harvest-bumper-profits/#21b558043a07
http://extentopubs.tamu.edu/e-419.html
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-fertilizers-harm-earth/

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