Pesticide residues, fertiliser causing cancer in children – Research 

Research has revealed that the toxic effects of pesticides and fertilisers do not dissipate even over a long period of time as part of these residues are absorbed in the soil, hence causing cancer and other skin diseases in children.

The report of the research by a site, Kay Bee Bio Organics Private Limited with the theme: Harmful Effects of Chemical Pesticides on Humans, revealed that a study of ‘Pesticide Exposure and Child Neurodevelopment’, recent research, suggests that ‘Even low levels of pesticide exposure can affect young children’s neurological and behavioural development.

“Evidence shows a link between pesticides and neonatal reflexes, psychomotor and mental development and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. Talking about the occurrence of pesticide-induced cancer.

“The United Nations Population Division estimates that, by the year 2050, there will be 9.7 billion (cancer stricken) people on Earth – around 30% more people than in 2017. Nearly all of this population growth will occur in developing countries.

“Pesticide exposure causes a range of problems from upper respiratory ailments to reproductive abnormalities. These effects may be acute or chronic in nature. Acute effects include difficulty breathing, runny nose, irritation of the eyes, cough, rashes or in extreme cases, diarrhoea or death. Chronic ailments may be tumours, respiratory illnesses and asthma or bodily cancer.

“On the other hand, systemic effects of pesticides occur when body parts come directly in contact with insecticides. This manifests in the form of itching, irritation and redness. Long duration contact can also lead to skin and radiation cancers,” the report revealed.

Another report by ‘The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that, in developing countries, 80% of the necessary increases in food production keeping pace with population growth are projected to come from increases in yields and the number of times per year crops can be grown on the same land.’