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“Wasn’t the reason we had to let the bio-pirates patent seeds, mutate nature, and contaminate the land and water and the resulting food supply was because they claimed they were the answer to global hunger?  They were going to end global hunger, weren’t they?  They wouldn’t have lied would they? This couldn’t have just been about food control and profits, could it? Surely not. “

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Who knew pesticides were actually good for us?  Here we thought they were toxic concoctions that adversely affected humans, plants and animals, but it turns out we were all wrong.  Never mind, that these hazardous chemicals contaminate land and water and pose a significant risk to the environment overall.  And, never mind that we have no idea what the inert and hazardous ingredients are contained in them that could cause cancer, blindness, paralysis, seizures and other maladies, as it turns out it isn’t about health and safety. Its all about convenience, affordability ($$$).  Its about our lifestyles! 

While we all erroneously believed that spraying carcinogens, heavy metals, microbial mutations, and god knows what else on anything and everything in sight might not be a good idea, it turns outs all this crap is really good for birds, animals, plants and the environment.  One could conclude that the residual chemicals left in the end products and consumed by human beings must also be beneficial.     

Like many of you, I was opposed to the use of toxic chemicals being applied in ever increasing amounts to food crops.  But then I read this article:

From AGROW Awards: Benefits of pesticides

“The use of pesticides brings numerous benefits and makes a significant contribution to the lifestyles we have come to expect. These benefits are not confined to the users of pesticides, but reach the great majority of people across the world. The general public often take for granted or oppose the use of pesticides, but they make possible the year-round availability of high-quality, affordable food. Similarly, the environment and wild plants, birds and animals benefit from the carefully regulated application of chemical pesticides.”

Carefully regulated?  When did that happen?  Application is now determined by the level of resistance building up in the crops and pests these applications are used on.  There is no careful regulation.  In fact, no regulation at all; just increased application or strength of application.  And it is safe…..the FDA says so.  And you know you can trust the FDA!

I cannot even believe this statement “Similarly, the environment and wild plants, birds and animals benefit from the carefully regulated application of chemical pesticides.” was even made.  And as the article says, use of pesticides is not limited to users of pesticides.  Yuuummm! More