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Pesticide

  1. 1. Why are Pesticides Bad? By Jolie Blair
  2. 2. What are Pesticides? <ul><li>Pesticides are poisons used to kill pests. </li></ul><ul><li>We use pesticides to kill off pests that hurt us, animals or plants. Farmers first used them to kill of bugs and weeds because they have big fields. After a while the cities and towns started using them. </li></ul><ul><li>Pests don’t have to be just bugs they can be weeds, diseases that kill plants, and other animals such as rats or mice. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What do Pesticides Look Like? <ul><li>Pesticides come in bottles, boxes and bags. </li></ul><ul><li>Some pesticides look either white or yellow dust when it is in cans. Pesticides in a bag look like gray or yellow dirt. Other pesticides look like candy in small bags. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why are Pesticides Bad? <ul><li>The main reason pesticides are bad is because they are bad for our health. </li></ul><ul><li>The second reason is because when it rains, the water picks up the pesticides and puts them into our rivers and drinking water. </li></ul><ul><li>The last reason is that some of the pests, like bugs, are not bad for the plants and some even help the plants. </li></ul>
  5. 5. How can Pesticides Affect Us? <ul><li>Pesticides can…… </li></ul><ul><li>Cause a variety of cancers </li></ul><ul><li>Cause child development interference </li></ul><ul><li>Cause low birth weights </li></ul><ul><li>Cause birth defects </li></ul><ul><li>Make your skin itch and turn red </li></ul><ul><li>Give you headache </li></ul><ul><li>Make you dizzy, shaky and tired </li></ul><ul><li>Be fatal if put in your mouth </li></ul><ul><li>Be fatal if spilt on skin </li></ul>
  6. 6. How do Pesticides Affect the Environment? <ul><li>Approx. 67 million birds die each year from pesticides in the air </li></ul><ul><li>Hundreds of fish die each year due to pesticide run-offs in the water </li></ul><ul><li>Pesticides can…….. </li></ul><ul><li>Kill wildlife due to posing </li></ul><ul><li>Cause reproductive, developmental, and behavioral problems </li></ul>
  7. 7. Facts About Pesticides <ul><li>At least three million people are poisoned by pesticides every year. </li></ul><ul><li>25 million agricultural workers are poisoned every year. </li></ul><ul><li>More than 200,000 people die each year from pesticides </li></ul><ul><li>Half of all pesticides are used on the five main crops- cereals, corn/maize, rice, cotton and soya. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Sources <ul><li>http://entoplp.okstate.edu/IPM/School_IPM/IPM%20Docs/pesticidesafety. pdf </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.grinningplanet.com/2006/update-2005-05-24/pesticides-in-food. htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.onlinelawyersource.com/pesticides/effects.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.newint.org/issue323/facts. htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.fws.gov/Contaminants/Info/FAQsContam.cfm </li></ul>

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