Pesticides are toxins to humans when they are not used properly by farmers. Pesticides may raise the productivity of agricultural products, but does not support healthy living. Many farmers overuse pesticides in developing countries like India. This over usage without enough knowledge on the effects of these pesticides increases the risks of personal health, social health and environment health. The effects of pesticides used in agriculture would increase when the farmers use them without appropriate supervision or understanding the usage. The agricultural products can be contaminated by these hazardous chemicals. Usage of pesticides is also an important factor for various diseases from foodborne diseases to Cancer in India and other developing countries.
Food Poisoning is the colloquial reference given for Foodborne disease or Foodborne disease. Any kind of illness resulted from contaminated food by chemicals, viruses, bacteria and other types of natural toxins such as various species of beans and poisonous mushrooms are referred as foodborne disease.
As we all aware that usage of pesticides affects human health. We have another shocking report of pesticides used in India. Reuters reported that up to 30% of the pesticides used in India are fake pesticides. These may even more dangerous to human health, crops and the environment. These pesticides resemble similar to original pesticides, made secretly with the same names of original pesticides. The average value of pesticides business in India is $4 billion. The report is also mentioned that the growth of fake pesticides in India is 20%. These fake pesticides not only affect human health and environment, but also affect our food production and economy. Over 10 million tonnes, India loses 4% of food output every year due to the increase of fake pesticides. It is not just a matter of news; it is a matter of food security.
WHO (World Health Organisation) recommends locally produced or Organic food for food safety. Less or no usage of pesticides in agriculture offers more personal and environmental benefits by locally produced or organic foods. However, it is usual that the cost of organic food is high when compared to non-organic foods. Thus, most of the Indian families could not afford this for their daily consumption. So, How to reduce the effects of pesticides at least to a minimum extent? We have answers from World Health Organisation.
How to reduce consumption of pesticides from Non-Organic Foods?
World Health Organisation offers some simple ways to reduce indirect pesticide intake from foods that are produced with the influence of pesticides. You can take these precautions to reduce the effects of pesticides from the common agricultural products.
- Scrub the vegetables and fruits after rinsing thoroughly. If appropriate, peel them.
- The outer leaves could be removed from the leafy vegetables like cabbage and cauliflower.
- Chemicals might have significantly retained in the fat from fish, poultry and meat. Thus, trim fat from these foods before food preparation.
And now, the time for question. Will you take the risk of consuming non-organic food products?