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Pesticides. This paper will discuss the harmful impacts of pesticides on children and will compare them to the potential benefits that pesticides give.

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Introduction

Pesticides In recent years, the world's population has been increasing rapidly. To deal with this growth, communities are required to provide sufficient food. So governments start seeking for more alternatives in the production of food, and they find agriculture is the place to start with. These governments start encouraging farmers to produce more crops and provide them with advice and the suitable methods for obtaining best results. Pesticides are commonly used for protecting crops, fighting pests and purging weeds. In addition, there has been a significant amount of debate about using pesticides because of increasing concern of their harmful effects on health, especially the health of children in developing countries. Even though there are numerous benefits of pesticide use in the daily life, there is still a high level of risk on human health, particularly that of children. This paper will discuss the harmful impacts of pesticides on children and will compare them to the potential benefits that pesticides give. ...read more.

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A study on about 900 children in India, who were exposed to pesticides of normal levels, states that those children were not able to do many simple exercises such as catching a ball or assembling a puzzle (Daily Times, 2004). Many kinds of dangerous pesticides which have already been banned in developed countries are still used in some developing countries (EJF, 2003:8). For instance, studies show that more than five pesticides that are illegal in the U.S.A are still used in Mexico. In addition, another study concludes that in Chile, there are no clear strategies governing the use of pesticides in farmlands or even households (Adhous, P, 1998). As a result of this lack of control, there are about ten million poisoning cases per year, especially in developing countries (EJF, 2003:8). Thus, pesticides should be used carefully everywhere, and governments in developing countries should control their use of pesticides by introducing regulations to restrict their use, just as developed countries have done. ...read more.

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Thus, using special kinds of pesticides which do not affect children's health in gardens, farmyards, schools, and parks is required to protect children particularly in developing countries. Therefore, governments in developing countries should pass regulations eliminating the use of dangerous pesticides in areas of close proximity to where children play or walk around. In conclusion, this paper has argued against the complete banning of pesticides. Even though pesticide use carries significant risks on human health, there is still a need for pesticides in order to obtain a high standard of living. There must be more research carried out to investigate the ways in which pesticide use can be regulated, to ensure crop production is still economic, whilst the negative health impacts are reduced. Further studies are also needed, to seek for the best ways to manage pesticide use, especially in developing countries, so that the children, as well as the rest of the community, can be protected from dangers and live in comfort and health. ...read more.

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