imagesPoisons are great if you want to kill something.  Synthetic pesticides are just that: poisons.  They kill bugs.  But do you really want to put poison on you fruits, vegetables, and medicines? Particularly if there are new products on the market that will do the job naturally and allow you to eliminate synthetics?

Since introduction in the 1930’s, synthetic pesticides have become one of the most common methods of controlling insects. Although these chemicals do provide short-term immediate benefit for our crops, it comes at a cost. The ease at which crops are sprayed comes at a cost for our health and environment. New research is published every year showing the toxicity of pesticides and the direct relation it has on our health. As a result of these studies, the EPA has a growing list of banned pesticides over the years, although the effects still remain in our environment. There are three types of harmful effects caused by pesticides: acute effects, delayed effects and allergic effects. Below we discover the effects of synthetic pesticides, and healthy alternatives to use in their place.

Acute Effects

Acute effects are illnesses or injuries caused by pesticides immediately after exposure. The EPA reports that Americans experience up to 70 daily exposures to residues from persistent chemical pollutants through diet as a result of pesticide. Californians for Pesticide states symptoms of acute pesticide poisoning as stinging eyes, rashes, blisters, blindness, nausea, dizziness and even death. In most cases, symptoms of pesticide poisoning mimic symptoms of colds or the flu.

Delayed Effects

Delayed effects are illness and injuries that come over a period of time, such as cancer. The University of California San Diego published a study on synthetic pesticides and stated there are over 160 synthetic pesticides still in use listed as possible carcinogens. Pesticides have been known to cause lymphoma, leukemia, breast cancer, asthma and other immune system disorders. Kristin Schafer, author of ‘Nowhere to Hide: Persistent Toxic Chemicals in the US Food Supply’, states that exposure to persistent pollutant chemicals through diet has been linked to breast cancer, immune system suppression, nervous system disorders, reproductive damage, parkinson’s disease and disruption of hormonal systems.

Allergic Effects

According to a new study published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, traces of antibiotic pesticides in fruits and vegetables have been found to trigger unexpected allergic reactions in people. The study reported high levels of chemical pesticides in water, and when found in the human body results in weakened food tolerance in some people causing food allergies.

Alternatives

Professional growers pride themselves on being experts at “flushing” their plants to get rid of harmful things such as pesticides. They may have the best intentions, but think about it, at best “flushing” may be able remove toxins on the surface of the plant. But after weeks and months of the plants being treated with synthetic pesticides, these harmful elements become part of the fabric of the plant. They become systemic, and no amount of flushing can remove them. In the CNN special “Weed 2” they quoted the Journal of Toxicology who wrote that they found levels of Pesticide Residue in medicinal cannabis as high as 69.5%

The USDA National Organic Program strictly prohibits use of synthetic chemical pesticides for the reasons above. As a result, organic growers use organic substances and bioadaptive supplementation methods for effective crop management. Organibliss™, an all-natural organic plant growth enhancer that not only helps plants thrive, but increases plant health and crop yield.

We pride ourselves on the fact that fruits, vegetables, and medicines grown with Organibliss™ have no pesticide residue. Call to learn more about Organibliss™ organic plant spray for high productivity and plant health.