1. More than 1 billion lbs of pesticides are applied in the US every year.
(3 lbs per person in America)
2. Children are far more vulnerable to pesticide poisoning than adults.
3. Pesticides are devastating the bee population. Pesticides are toxic for bees. The major decline in
the bee population in recent years is attributed to pesticides. Contaminated pollen brought
back to the hive affects all the bees.
4. Pesticides are impossible to entirely wash off fruits and vegetables. The greatest amount of
pesticide is used on the following: apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, bell
peppers, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes.
5. Pesticides will build up in your system. They are Bio-Accumulative. They lodge in your fat cells
and take months, years or decades to be broken down.
6. DDT is still found in the systems of some Americans. This pesticide, banned in 1972, was proven
to damage liver, nervous and reproductive systems. DDT takes 15 yrs to break down in nature
and takes even longer to break down in human bodies.
7. Pesticides kill 18,000 farm workers annually. World Health Organization says 3 million
agriculture workers are poisoned by pesticides yearly and 18,000 die from exposure to them.
8. Pesticide drift- EPA says 10% of all pesticides drift from intended target crop, seeping into
ground water and blowing away into the air.
9. Pesticides work their way up the food chain. (Insect treated by insecticide is eaten by mouse.
Mouse is eaten by bird of prey.) Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagle populations were decimated
in the 1950’s and 1960’s because of pesticides.
10. Humans are exposed to a multitude of pesticides, simultaneously. Very little information is
available on how insecticides interact with each other once inside the human body.