Pesticides and Food

pesticides_and_foodWe all know the saying “you are what you eat”, but what if when we are eating we are getting a lot more than we bargained for, despite what we have in front of us being deemed as ‘natural’ or straight from the ground?

The use of pesticides to help with food growth is nothing new (it’s been around since the 19th Century), and many would argue that it is needed.

With the population of the world set to triple in the next ten years, inevitably our food growth needs to keep up with that so as to prevent huge parts of the world from living in what is classified as extreme poverty.

Already 700 million people do not have enough food to eat, and yet one third of all crops are being lost to pests (even with the use of pesticides).

When you triple those numbers the situation becomes unimaginable.

Unfortunately, with agriculture and food production technology as it is, without pesticides the amount of people that wouldn’t have enough food would rise immeasurably.

However, pesticides do carry with them risks.

The whole point of pesticides is to kill the living organisms that enjoy eating the food that we grow as much as we do.

Yet, because these chemicals are used to kill these ‘pests’ who are living organisms – like we are – they can be dangerous to us too.

Lots of the food that we buy at the supermarkets has traces of these chemicals on them, despite them being available for human consumption, which is why it is super important that you wash everything before you eat it, and make sure that you cook everything properly.

Of course, there is no guarantee that this will remove 100% of the chemicals, but the less you ingest, the better it is for your health and wellbeing.

Researchers have shown that high levels of pesticides can lead to genetic damage in cells, reproductive problems and have even been linked to cancer.

Obviously, the issue of pesticides is a complicated one, but it is definitely important to be aware of what pesticides actually do and the effect that they have on your body and health as well as the long-term issue of sustainable of food growth for the planet.