Pesticide Effects Last Generations

by updated 2010/11/07

I wrote about this a long time ago, but recently some new studies have confirmed it.  Pesticides and other endocrine disrupting chemicals can have effects that influence the health of your offspring… and their offspring.  The documented effects included tumors, infertility, reduced sperm count, and kidney disease.  How this is happening is still open for some debate.  But the researchers suspect that the effects are not the result of true genetic mutations, but rather caused by changing the programming of genes that express normal development.

These effects have been noticed in fish, rats, and are believed to be occurring in many species of mammal.  Last time I checked humans were still mammals, aren’t we?  This makes me an even stronger proponent of limiting our exposure to pesticides, plastics, and other man-made chemicals.  Being successful in this limitation means being aware.  Our exposure comes in so many ways we cannot control that reducing exposure whenever we can is of utmost importance.

Some commentators and emailers take me to task as being an alarmist, but I don’t think so.  I really believe that 100 years from now people will look back on this “golden age of chemicals” and wonder how we could have done it to ourselves.

Will Sig
1 Rob

Will
Agree, agree, agree!
I am especially bothered about the insidious effects of plastics in our lives, on our environment and within our bodies.
This will become the health scare of the 21st century – akin to smoking- despite the power of multinationals wanting to promote their beneficial effects.
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2 John Hunter

I agree completely. We put dealing with the consequences of our behavior on future generations far too casually. Genetic engineered crops is another area we are taking risks that could well harm us (and even more likely future generations) far too casually. Now I still believe in using science and engineering to help us. But we are not nearly as careful as we should be.
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3 Anna

Will I give up, not really, but I just cannot keep up with all the bad stuff around us. Now, read this, we been shopping with Matthew a lot, he pays and he collects receipts. Back in July there was news release that cash receipt are toxic and contain BPA . Sometimes I just don’t know if I am doing things right or wrong. Anna :)
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4 Will

Don’t give up. But don’t beat yourself up either. I am sure with your smarts and common sense your family does better than 95% or other people as far as making healthy choices. As far as the receipts go, the amount was small and the concern was mainly for clerks who were handling hundreds of them every day.

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5 Tony

Hi Will, Interesting & informative post. Even when I was just a teenager I always insisted that so much cancer & other serious illnesses were the result of so many chemicals used in the production of our food as well as all the additives they put in processed food. I still & always have firmly believed that. I received an email from a friend in America today about chemical effects on us. I will forward it to you as I’m sure you will find it interesting.
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6 Tony McGurk

Hi Will, Interesting & informative post. Even when I was just a teenager I always insisted that so much cancer & other serious illnesses were the result of so many chemicals used in the production of our food as well as all the additives they put in processed food. I still & always have firmly believed that. I received an email from a friend in America today about chemical effects on us. I will forward it to you as I’m sure you will find it interesting.

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7 Keith

Well said, Will. If a substance will kill an insect or a germ, it will, with the right dose, also kill an animal. That is true whether the animal crawls on the sea bottom, swims in the ocean, grazes on grassland or walks erect on two legs.

Only a fool or a liar would assert otherwise. Sadly there are plenty of both whose opinion counts as truth.

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