Research has linked long-term pesticide exposure to infertility, birth defects, endocrine disruption, neurological disorders, and cancer.
So, it is common sense that ingesting and being exposed to fewer pesticides will result in improved health.
Below are some basics to help us reduce the amount of pesticides we, our families and pets are exposed to, as follows:
- Eat Organic foods. In a survey of 1,000 Americans, 71% expressed a concern over the number of chemicals and pesticides in their food supply. If you are among them, the best strategy at your disposal is to buy Organic produce, pastured, Organic meats and dairy products. Investigate the farmers markets in your area and consider planting your own garden to supply produce through the Summer months. Although buying Organic foods may be slightly more expensive, they help to reduce your overall health costs in your future. If you cannot afford buying everything Organic, print out the EWG’s 2016 “dirty dozen” list for most pesticide-contaminated fruits and vegetables. These you will want to buy Organic. You can purchase the conventional versions of produce that tend to be the least contaminated, thereby spending the extra money where it counts the most. Find the EWG’s 2016 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 here: https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/?gclid=COn5ysjv6c4CFUhcfgodbxgJGg
- Clean up your lawn and garden care. Do not apply chemical pesticides or herbicides to your yard, and if you use a lawn care service, don’t allow them to use them. Remember that a neighbor’s lawn chemicals can potentially contaminate your property as well. Also avoid lawn care and other gardening products that contain insect growth regulators (IGRs), especially if you have pets. The focus of Organic lawn care is to produce a healthy lawn and soil using natural organic fertilizers. An organic lawn has grass roots grown deep into the soil, which makes them less vulnerable to drought, weeds, insects, disease and other stressors. There are many excellent online resources about how to naturally control weeds and improve soil health, and in many communities’ Organic lawn care services are readily available.
- The same goes for pests. Ants, wasps and other bugs can all be safely combated. Boric acid powder, for example, has been found to be a very effective deterrent to roaches and ants. Sprinkle some in the inner corners of your cabinets and in the corners under your cabinets. Pests will carry it back to their nests on their feet and kill the remainder of the infestation. Boric acid is non-toxic for animals and only kills the insects. For natural pest solutions, check out the book “Dead Snails Leave No Trails” by Nancarrow & Taylor.
- Talk with your school board about lawn care at your children’s school. Pesticides sprayed on the school lawn and play areas can increase your child’s exposure. You may be able to change how they care for the lawn when you educate the administration about the risks involved to the children.
- Play in a healthy environment. Before joining a golf club, talk with the course superintendent about the pesticides they use to control weeds and insects. Bring members together to request cleaner and safer lawn care. Talk to your city administrators about the care given to the lawn in your local parks. Educate them about the risks to adults, children and pets from pesticides.
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