Pesticides are commonly used in conventional farming practices as an effective way to control pests that would otherwise decimate crops. While the use of pesticides controls the spread of insects, they have also been linked to harmful effects on human health. According to the Canadian Association of Physicians for the environment, children who have been exposed to pesticides have increased rates of leukemia and brain cancer and pregnant women have experienced higher miscarriage rates.
Pesticides may also damage the lungs and nervous system. In addition to the detrimental effects on our health, pesticide use also harms the environment. They are a major contributor to air, water and ground pollution. Our farmers employ natural insect control methods such as crop rotation and the release of beneficial insects.