pesticides are engineered to kill living organisms in a number of ways, including destroying the nervous system of the insects they target. they can’t be good for human health, either. the most worrisome pesticides in wide use today are organophosphates, OPs for short. other health problems that have been linked to low-dose exposure to OPs include disruption of the endocrine (hormonal) system, lower levels of testosterone and other hormones, leukemia, lymphoma and Parkinson’s disease.
here are some of the most worrisome pesticides:
One of the OP pesticides most widely used by chemical agriculture is chlorpyrifos, also known by the brand names Dursban and Lorsban. It’s applied in large quantities to a number of crops, including corn, oranges and apples. It’s used on a wide range of insects. There is a goal to reduce its use.
One of the most notorious members of the organophosphate family is the pesticide parathion. Banned in the U.S. in 2003.
This pesticide was responsible for the worst outbreak of pesticide poisoning in U.S. history. Aldicarb is still being used today on a number of fruits and vegetables.
read article by Alex Formuzis, EWG V-P for Media Relations on Enviroblog: Getting sick on pesticides Big Ag can’t live without