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Acute Toxic Effect of Pesticides on Human Beings: A Review

Abstract

The chemical war is never won and all life is caught in its violent crossfire. In our everyday food may have around thousand milligrams of pesticides. In India the indiscriminate and unregulated usage of pesticides is poisoning land, water, air and food. India spreads out nearly ninety thousands tons of pesticides in the fields, and became one of the largest users in the world. Farmers use pesticides in careless manner and some use the wrong chemical while others over use. Many farmers harvest immediately after spraying, that is why there are dangerous levels of pesticides in leafy vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, spinach and many other vegetables like tomatoes, ladyfingers etc. Harmful fungicides are used to ripen fruits, so that it looks fresh into the market. If cauliflower looks fresh and white, it has been dipped in pesticides, the consumers would not but the natural one that is the pale yellow. Pesticides residues in vegetables, fruits, pulses, grains and water can cause numerous health complications like cancer, genetic defects and impotency. The slow poisoning of India is threatening our life.

Soorya Rajendran

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