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INTRODUCTION Pesticides are chemicals designed to kill control or repel insects plant diseases weeds rodents and germs Most pesticides are used in agriculture production to killing pests found on hundreds of different crops including fruits vegetables nuts and cereal grains All these foods form a good majority of North Americas diet and the majority of these foods consumed contain pesticide residues Pesticides are also used to get rid of unwanted pests in homes schools and parks All of these chemicals are especially harmful to children because they can routinely come in contact with various pesticides through their distinctive diet and play activities Water and apple juice are proven to contain various harmful chemicals In the surroundings children experience the food they eat and the liquids they drink are all contaminated by pesticides According to the Natural Resources Defence Council pesticide exposure to adverse health effects including cancer birth defects reproductive harm neurological and development toxicity immunotoxicity and disruption of the endocrine system Children are more likely to be affected by pesticides than adults because they are strange eaters they breath at a higher rate and tend to spend more time on the ground were chemicals may settle and then enter a childs body through breathing orally by touching something with a residue and then putting their fingers in their mouth and through a childs skin Pesticides will drastically damage the future health of our children if people dont act now CHILDRENS HEALTH IS AT RISK THROUGH THE FOOD THEY EAT Every year tens of millions of pounds of carcinogenic neurotoxic immunotoxic and otherwise hazardous pesticides are thrown onto foods that infants and children eat greater quantities than the average adult These pesticides have been shown to cause reproductive defects in test animals which cause poorly understood immune system responses and others may effect the endocrine system Pesticides have been widely used for years without any consideration of our environment and health
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