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A group of US farmers and food companies have joined forces to fight against dangerous crop chemicals. The coalition is pushing government heavyweights to review the regulations associated with the spraying of chemicals in conjunction with biotech crops.
A group of more than 2,000 farmers and food companies have joined forces to fight against dangerous crop chemicals.  They have formed a coalition in an attempt to get government officials to evaluate the potential dangers regarding the hazardous chemicals used to spray crops. The fight has been gaining momentum and now includes a lawsuit against the US Environmental Protection Agency. The coalition is concerned that the dangerous risks associated with crop chemicals outweigh the need for continued use.

Damages Other Crops and Trees

Once the chemical particles drift through wind, humidity or heat, they are on the move and can reach for miles around.  This poses a great threat to crops and trees. Even though there are restrictions in place, it is difficult to keep the spraying on target. The coalition claims that these extremely dangerous chemicals pose a significant threat to nearly all crops.

Threat To Bees

Chemical pesticides can invade the pollen in flowers, thus killing off pollenating creatures such as bees. This type of chemical poisoning has killed off massive amounts of bees. Pollinators like bees and butterflies are needed to sustain plant life.  It is estimated that nearly 25% of bee clusters have been killed off in the 2006-2007-winter season, which is the equivalent of billions of bees and the loss of billions of dollars to the agricultural industry.

Nitrogen Fertilizer Run-Off

A separate coalition made up of water authority personnel and pollution control advocates has brought to light a problem of nitrogen fertilizer run-off that’s polluting lakes, streams and rivers. Surveys conducted suggest that drinking water is being polluted.  Scientists estimate that nearly 50% of rivers, lakes and streams are being polluted with excessive levels of nitrogen and other pollutants.

Herbicides and Pesticides linked to Cancer

Environmental advocacy groups have become wary of the EPA and it’s inadequate attempt at addressing the dangerous health risks associated with chemicals. The chemical 2,4-D has been perceived a cancer threat because it is an ingredient in Agent Orange and is now being utilized to combat herbicide resistant weeds in the farming community. Because the effects of pesticides may take a long time to appear, it is thought that the build-up of these toxins in body may be responsible for some cancers.

Children are especially at risk from the dangers of pesticides. The National Resource Defense Council provides research supporting the claim that pesticides are related to illness in children. These pesticide-related illnesses include leukemia, birth defects and brain cancer.

Dangerous Neurotoxins

What may come as a shock to some, is that pesticides were originally developed to kill people during chemical warfare. They were later used in small doses to kill weeds and insects. The major target organ for pesticide contamination is the brain. Exposure to pesticides can poison the neurotransmitters in our brain, which are responsible for cognitive functioning, and the nervous system among other things. Neurotoxins present in pesticides can damage our neurological system, causing problems such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, depression and anxiety disorders.

The coalition of farmer’s and food companies that sparked this attack on the producers of these highly dangerous chemicals will no doubt keep up the fight. With legal action and pressure on the USDA and the EPA, hopefully there will be stricter regulations placed upon the utilization and development of these toxic chemicals. The drift from the spraying of these chemicals is contaminating other crops as well as public drinking water. The detrimental effects of pesticide contamination on humans are dangerous and scary.