Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Dance of the Chemical Brothers
Pesticides play an important role in domestic and international #food chains. The use of chemicals that are toxic to #worms, insects, and rodents help farmers ensure that their #crops won’t be wiped out by living organisms. #Vegetables and #fruit are also oftentimes further treated with substances that help keep them “fresh” till they reach vendors and consumer markets.
I have now ridden tens of thousands of kilometers through #Asia, and have witnessed many millions of acres of #farmland being sprayed manually (as this set of pictures demonstrates) as well as with the use of more “advanced” machines.
Most times the people hosing down #fields don’t know anything about the #mephitic chemicals they are using. Additionally, low or non-existent certification standards and a near-nil capacity to enforce safety standards lead to the production and use of cheaply made alternatives that can cause serious #damage to #human consumers.
Independent studies into the short, medium, and long-term effects of #pesticides and #insecticides are not easily available to consumers, and, in some places, #agriculture lobbies prevent such studies from making their way into the public domain.
These chemicals also percolate into #soil and then find their way into #streams and #rivers as well as into the water table.
In addition to killing unwanted #insects and #rodents that may feed on farm produce, chemicals are #killing useful pollinators such as #bees , and making their way into the bloodstreams of #reptiles , #birds, and other #mammals. Thus, they contribute to the destruction of ecosystems and may accelerate the pace of climate change.
I urge you to research this further so you can make informed decisions regarding your #consumption habits and also join the fight to preserve this one and only beautiful planet we all share.
#climatechange #savetheplanet #savethebees #racingextinction #planetearth