pesticides in food

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In business today, there are many goals; however, the most prominent goal of any business has been and always will be to make money. Companies are always looking for ways to stay profitable, even when the consequences of such actions are not yet known to consumers, or to the executive boards of these companies. One example of companies trying to achieve maximum profitability is the use of pesticides in the agricultural market. Before examining the reasons that companies would use pesticides, it is important to define what a pesticide is. By definition, a pesticide is, “any agent that is used to control or kill undesired insects, diseases, weeds, rodents, mold and other organisms, such as bacteria. Falling under the term “pesticide” are herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides and disinfectants (Food Marketing Institute 1). So, it can be gathered that these pesticides (which are designed to kill organisms of all kinds, whether it be plants, insects, or small animals) are being administered to crops that are consumed regularly by the human population. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, thousands of pesticide products are currently registered in the United States, which contain 865 active ingredients. Of these 865 active ingredients, 350 of these ingredients have been approved by the EPA for use on food crops; however, ninety-eight percent of the pesticides that are used contain 200 of these active ingredients. These pesticides are applied to the crops either by injecting them into the soil the crops will be grown in, or by direct application to the crops as a spray, fog, or dust (Food Marketing Institute 1). It is a fact that crops can be vulnerable to up to 8,000 different types of fungi, 10,000 species of insect, 1,800 varieties of weeds, 160 strains of bacteria, and 250 viruses (Food Marketing Institute 1). These “pests” are responsible for the destruction of thirty
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percent of United States’ crops each year, which are estimated to be worth a staggering twenty-billion dollars. Of course, this is a statistic of a country that widely uses pesticides in its products; however, the countries that do not use pesticides as often lose up to forty-five percent of their crops because of these “pests (Food Marketing Institute 1).” According to the Food Marketing Institute, the achievements reached in farm productivity and crop quality took place in the Twentieth Century, and the credit for this
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