Hector R. Islava
Professor: Peter Hines
Class: English 100A
Date: July 22, 2013
The Impact of Pesticides on Humans and the Ecosystem
The impact of pesticides on earth has never been more visible than within the last one hundred years. With each year that passes research studies have exposed the effects of pesticides on human health and the environment. It has been proven that the use of pesticides has in many ways improved the quality of agriculture, as well as, saving crops from harmful insects and in preventing populations of harmful insects that cause and spread diseases to be controlled. Pesticides have also contributed to the disruption of the ecosystem and have exposed human, animal, and insects to harmful diseases. Pesticides have caused the decline and even the extinction of animals, insects and a variety of plant life on the planet. The benefits of pesticides are valid, just as the disadvantages are real. The long term effects of how pesticides affect the human body and the environment are becoming more evident and accidents and misuse are still occurring throughout the planet. It is clear that governments around the world need to strive to improve pesticide handling and pest control methods, as well as, finding a healthier and environmentally safer alternative in the dispensing of harmful pesticides on the planet.
What is a pesticide, according to the Environmental Protection Agency which defines pesticides as: Any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, regulating, or controlling pests. (1)
Pesticides have been used for thousands years. From the first practice of agriculture that began 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent of Mesopotamia (part of present day Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Jordan) where edible seeds were population of hunters and gatherers cultivation of wheat,...