Pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides are commonly used to eliminate and control undesirable pests and weeds in agriculture.
People may be exposed to pesticides and herbicides through:
Direct contact with agriculture
Pesticides have been linked with cancer, as well as neurological, reproductive, endocrine, respiratory, and immunological conditions. Glyphosate, the most commonly used herbicide, was identified by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a “probable human carcinogen”, an agent that can cause cancer. The use of glyphosate has also resulted in glyphosate-resistant microorganisms, which has led to the hypothesis that chronic, low-dose exposure to glyphosate may lead to glyphosate-resistance in bacteria, changes in the body’s own microbiota, and antibiotic resistance. However, more research is needed in this area.
Avoid using pesticides in the garden
Having beautiful lawns and gardens may be lovely, but it is worth the expense of your health? Avoid the adverse effects of herbicides and pesticides by choosing natural alternatives that will keep the pests away. Many brands and retailers offer non-toxic fertilizers and mulches that are free of harmful herbicides and pesticides.