Should Chemical Pesticide Be Used in Farming

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Pesticides are one of the great double-edged swords of technology. Without pesticides, the farms would require more labor and feeding a growing global population would be more difficult and expensive. For every acre of farmland in this country, there are tons of pesticides being sprayed onto the fields and orchards that do not always stay in these fields or orchards. Pesticides are a major threat to the evolution of the plant cycle and to the healthy existence of people not only in this country but around the world. This systematic poisoning of our food supply and killing of bees and butterflies, among others insects that cross pollinates plants and flowers naturally, are causes of many diseases we face today. If you read any label or hear of any word ending in the suffix "cide" in it, then you better believe that this word means that this product is designed for killing something. Pesticides are designed to kill insects, fungus, bacteria and other things that feed on crops and things that destroy property. Farming is big business and the farming companies are looking at their bottom line and how to increase profit at any cost regardless of the effects on our environment or to consumers. Unless you know who the producer of your produce is personally, there is no guarantee that your produce has been grown without the use of pesticides or other chemicals. Modern pesticides have helped make farming become far more productive, however since pesticides are poisons, they also pose a health risk to humans, other animals, and the environment. The use of pesticides has become more prevalent as farmers try to increase their yield per acre and produce new hybrids of plants species that have not yet developed a natural resistance to native insects and other micro-organisms. The greatest risk to our environment and our health comes from these chemical pesticides. In spite of
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