1. They’re neurotoxins!
If the plethora of warning labels on everything from RoundUp to RAID hasn’t set off your internal alarms to stay away from these chemical cocktails, maybe this will hit a nerve: exposure to pesticides can cause vomiting, blurred vision, asthma, cancer and birth defects, just to name a few…
2. It’s not just the apples.
When you talk about pesticides, a lot of people think of produce and avoiding pesticide-ridden fruits & veggies. But we’re not just eating these toxins, we’re spreading them all over our homes and tracking them in on the soles of our shoes. Actually, 9 in 10 kitchen floors have measurable levels of chemical pesticides, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. And they’re in the air inside, too.
3. Kids are particularly susceptible.
A growing body of evidence links parental use of pesticides with childhood leukemia and brain tumors, according to a study from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Since kids are so small and babies crawl on the ground, they’re at a higher risk of suffering health problems associated with chemical pesticides.
4. Pets are at high risk, too.
Like babies, pets are small and crawl around on the ground. They can even absorb toxins through their paws and, of course, spend loads of time rolling around in the grass. If you use rodenticides, pets can mistake them for snacks and suffer pesticide poisoning. But even more commonly, people literally apply pesticides to their pets once a month in the form of flea & tick pills or spot drops. These toxins kill fleas and ticks once they enter your pet’s bloodstream, so they can cause a number of unwanted neurological side effects.
5. They’re horrible for Mother Nature.
Think pesticides are just a problem for the people who use them? Think again. These chemicals are persistent and affect everything from wildlife to water quality. A study by the U.S. Geological Survey showed 90% of urban streams are contaminated with chemical pesticides. When the water becomes toxic, it affects marine life and eventually messes with entire local ecosystems as the food chain is disrupted.
6. We don’t know what we’re doing.
Did you know that homeowners use up to 10 times more chemical pesticides per acre on their lawns than farmers use on their crops, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service? So, even if the key to chemical pesticide safety were moderation (spoiler alert: it’s not), we’re still using way more of it than even industrial farmers. And 3 in 4 US homeowners are using pesticides at home, so we’re talking about a whole lot of the population spraying a whole lot of chemicals that cause a whole lot of health problems…
7. Safety is tested by chemical companies.
Rather than relying on impartial independent studies to verify the safety of chemical pesticides, the Environmental Protection Agency lets the manufacturers make testing an inside job. It’s no wonder we were once told DDT was a-okay and that today’s pesticide manufacturers claim many of the neurotoxic substances are safe to use at home.