…Herbicides kill plants, insecticides kill insects, fungicides kill fungi. Fumigants kill almost everything. And “pesticide” is a blanket term that includes all of the above. “This Widely Used Pesticide Caused California’s Worst Inland Environmental Disaster?” by Chris Clarke – KCET
…The Food and Agriculture Organization and others estimate that a quarter of all pesticides used in Brazil are used in soybean cultivation, and that in 2002 Brazilians used 50,000 metric tonnes of pesticides on soybeans (World Bank 2002). Water contamination & soy. WWF
…The chronic overuse of pesticides across the world has caused “catastrophic” harms to human health, human rights and global biodiversity, according to a report presented to the United Nations human rights council.
…According to the authors of the report, “pesticides, which have been aggressively promoted, are a global human rights concern, and their use can have very detrimental consequences on the enjoyment of the right to food.” One study connected an almost certainly carcinogenic pesticide used by big companies to permanent genetic damage — and it is present in a lot of groceries that you probably pick up during your weekly shopping trip.” One Green Planet
…The UN-solicited study on toxic chemical impacts to global food sources criticizes pesticide manufacturers’ “systematic denial” of the broad harms caused by their products and calls for a transition to healthier farming methods that move away from the current dependence on pesticides.” EcoWatch