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Chapter 10: Farming Conventional and Sustainable Practices
Content of the Article: http://www.toxicsaction.org/problems-and-solutions/pesticides
The problem in the article is the toxicity of the pesticides and their use to manage pest problems because human exposure to pesticides has been linked to various health problems. The humans and the environment are the ones being affected because pesticides can cause chronic health problems on humans and pesticides can be very damaging to the environment by accumulating in water systems, harming beneficial insect species and worms, polluting the air, and weakening the roots of plant systems and their immune systems. Pesticides can also reduce the amount of vital nutrients in the soil such as nitrogen and phosphorus which greatly affects the environment and the humans in turn. Solutions to this problem are to reduce pesticide use, pass laws forbidding the pollution of water systems, and to do further research on which pesticides have the most significant impact on a person's health with the most damaging pesticides be controlled or not used in the future. I feel that this article made me realize that the things we perceive as threats are nothing compared to our solutions because our perceived threats have more healthy alternatives available and our solutions don't. This article relates to AP Environmental Science because in chapter 10, the use of pesticides and their negative effects on the environment and the humans were discussed. Both the article and chapter 10 in the AP Environmental Science book agree that pesticides have the right motive behind them but unfortunately have ''unintended consequences on non-target species (Chapter 10 AP Environmental Science book).'' I have learned that we should consider alternatives to using pesticides. Some possible alternatives could be the use of beneficial insect species in controlling the pests.