- Within one field, the aplication of pesticides will reduce but not eliminate pests. Some pests will die immediately and some who did not recieve a full on or are resistant to the chemicals will survive.
- Those who survive will breed and pass on genetic material to their young in order to resist chemical pesticides.
- Continued spraying increases population resistance to a certain pesticide and over time a whole population will evolve to be resistant to a certain chemical.
- More than 500 species of insects and mites, 150 viruses and 300 weeds now resist chemicals.
- In 1948 US farmers used 50 million pounds of pesticides and lost 7% of crops to pests
- In 2000 US farmers used almost a Billion pounds of pesticides and lost 13% of crops to pests
I took statistics in graduate school, and even if I had stopped at first grade addition- I'm sorry but these numbers DO NOT WORK OUT. This is terrifying to me- I live in a planet, and more specifically in a region where pesticide use is widespread and unregulated and as a practicing midwife in southern Mexico I can say that in spring we always get a couple of an-embrionic pregnancies (these are pregnancies where the bag develops without an embryo) and that in the fall we always attend the birth of one or two babies with some sort of malformation. Am I seeing the effects of this study in my own practice? Probably.
Pesticide companies don't really care about the birth and childhood experiences of indigenous women in Southern Mexico, but they do care about your purchasing power. If we, as a people stop buying food that comes from anywhere except for our local organic farmers, we are supporting the widespread use of pesticides. Therefore we are participating in babies developing with an open spine.
I know that anyone reading this does not want to participate in fetal malformations. The choice is yours, inform yourself. If you are pregnant or planning on being pregnant inform yourself and advocate for your new baby's health. If you are part of a community, protect your young from malformations and help them develop as strong perfect beings that they are.
We are lucky that we live in a world now where every day we can access more information and ask more questions. Ask your locals produce store where they get the food, support your local organic market, grow your own food. And demand that your government ensure clean, pesticide free water.