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Pesticides Can Harm Humans

An article by Robin Hindery in Netscape News on April,4,2010 tells about a woman farm worker who said she had a miscariage after exposure to pesticides. Other workers in the same field felt ill but did not report their symptoms, afraid of losing their jobs. 
California farm workers handle 5 million pounds of pesticides a year. The article says that only 22% of reported poisonings were from use in agriculture and 45% were from homeowners. Of course homewowners would be more likely to report it. For a real assessment, the United Farm Workers reports cite high rates of cancer and fetal abnormalities from their members.
Indeed householders should be more careful. My book tells how I was affected by malathione, with muscle weakness for several days and joint pain for weeks. Now I don’t use any pesticides in my large yard with several fruit trees.
I think the mysterious bee hive abandonment phenomenon might be from insecticides weakening the bees and making them susceptible to mites or viruses. If honey bees disappear, killing pests on other crops will be trivial because bees pollinate all fruit and nut trees.
We should encourage organic farms and orchards with weedy fence rows between fields where insect-eating birds could flourish. Insects mutate and become immune to standard pesticides so stronger ones must be used. Can we humans survive the many new chemicals that come out every year?

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