For many years, farmers have struggled against insects, rats, and other vermin who eat their crops. The larger the infestation of bugs and animals the smaller the harvest will be for the farmer. This is why pesticides were created and are now manufactured in large quantities. Though feeding people is a huge responsibility and an important need to fill, at what cost to our physical health do these farmers make their revenue? In 2007, bagged lettuce alone (which has its own health risks aside from the pesticides used on it) netted about $1.6 billion in sales. If these farmers and their distributors, like Dole, were to cut back on their use of pesticides and therefore lose a portion of their crops, they'd still make much more money than you and me. The use of pesticides for larger, convenient profits is unacceptable and damaging to the people and animals who endure exposure to them. Hand in hand with this pesticide use is new genetically engineered crops that supposedly cut back on the need for conventional pesticides. Though this is not a new subject of debate, it appears that the public at large is still apathetic in regard to the chemicals they routinely consume with their food. It is this article's objective to help motivate people into no longer accepting big business, pesticide infused, genetically altered produce.
Glazed and Confused
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