Pesticides, Chemicals, Drugs, Hormones

What you don't know CAN hurt you

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During our lifetime pesticides, chemicals, drugs and pollutants have become part of the fabric of our life, whether it is in, on or injected into the foods we eat, the medicines we take, within the buildings we inhabit or within the nature we enjoy – they are pervasive! Some enhance our lives, some degrade it, and, for too many of them, we are simply unaware of the long-term effects on us and our environments.

Pesticides maintain our current way of growing food. Otherwise, we may face starvation problems. But some pesticides are better than others, and some can be dispensed with by altering our food-production methods. Governments can support research into new-generation biological pesticides, such as habitat-specific pest predators, and ban or tax dangerous, persistent pesticides.

Hormones in animal products are of current concern. Some have been associated with human health problems, while doing no more good than increasing output for the producer. Growth hormone in milk is one such case in current contention. But it is not the only one.

Likewise, antibiotics, routinely used to combat the diseases that find purchase in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) travel with meat and dairy products into the human food supply. While the antibiotic itself may not cause harm to humans, it may kill off less detrimental organisms, leaving only the ‘super bugs’ that are then resistant to antibiotic treatment. Epidemics are a natural result.

Governments in the USA, the EU and other developed countries have sought to regulate the thousands of chemicals and drugs produced to be used in farms, in the water, and in so many other places. Legislation and regulation certainly have helped, but it behooves us to try and help that process by staying informed and taking action when necessary.   

Main areas of application

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Beyond Pesticides Organization 

Pesticide Action Network North America  - Panna Online Newsletter

Pesticide Action Network Europe   

The Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Pesticide information  

Shopper’s Guide (simple) to Pesticides, Environmental Working Group

Chemicals Health Monitor

The Silent Spring Organization    

Food and Water Watch Organization

New Dream Organization  

IPEN - International POPs Elimination (POPs = persistent organic pollutants )  

Rodale Institute - details of research and promotion of sustainable farming practices

Union of Concerned Scientists 

The Center for Science in the Public Interest


National Pesticide Information Center  

UK National Pesticide Agency   

USA CDC (Center for Disease Control)

USA Environmental Protection Agency 

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (2001)  

UN Food and Agriculture Organization  

Definition of Pesticides and Citizen's Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety


Mayo Clinic – Medical information and tools for healthy living / newsletter

Mercola Optimal Wellness Center / newsletter

Rodale Company – dedicated to healthy living and organic farming principles

Rodale UK


Parliament clears final hurdle towards EU pesticide blacklist  
Pollution Comes Home and Gets Personal – research report  

Definition of Pesticides and Citizen's Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety

Herbal Pesticides Remain on Substances Control List  2/19/2009

Pesticides: Endangered Species Protection Program (EPA)

Research report on risk of contracting Parkinson Disease and the exposure to pesticides (1998)

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