By Tom Vilsack / Staff reporter”The fact is, the more we consume the more toxins we are exposed to,” said Dr. Michael Gershon, a professor of toxicology at the University of California, Berkeley, and an expert on the potential impact of chemicals on human health.
“We are living in a toxic world and we are living with it.
And what we need to do is take steps to reduce exposure, reduce exposure.”
It is estimated that about 3 billion pounds of corn, soybeans and cotton are contaminated annually with toxic pesticides, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
A 2014 study in the journal Nature found that exposure to the chemical DDT was associated with cancers, developmental disorders and increased risk of asthma in a group of children from low-income families.
Another major factor in the toxic buildup is an unregulated market in synthetic fertilizers.
These are typically manufactured by multinational corporations that rely on large scale production to meet consumer demand.
The chemicals in synthetic fertilizer are not regulated, and farmers often are not fully aware of their risks, Gershall said.
In an interview, Gerg, who is the vice president for public affairs for the organic farming company Sustainable Life International, said that companies such as Monsanto and DuPont are not required to list the chemicals in their products.
“If the chemical is not listed on the label, there’s no way you can know if it’s going to affect you,” he said.
“We know that in some cases, synthetic fertilizer can have serious adverse effects on human beings.
We know that the chemical that we’re talking about here in the United States is not only very toxic to humans, but to other animals, too.”
Gershon said that while there are many products on the market today that are free from the chemical, there are also a number of “safe” products on store shelves.
“The FDA regulates these chemicals.
They don’t really regulate the food industry,” he explained.
“So we are going to have to go to court and try to get these products labeled, or we’re going to be paying a price for these chemicals.”
It’s not just farmers who need to be aware of the chemicals they are consuming.
In some cases the EPA has said that the chemicals that farmers are exposed and the people who are exposed may be at increased risk for serious illnesses.
“They’re being exposed to this toxic chemical in the food they are growing,” Gershonsaid.
“It’s affecting the people that they are working with.
It’s affecting their children.
It has an impact on their health.
So, there is a need for a regulatory system that is in place that is able to make a distinction between safe and unsafe.”
The chemical, glyphosate, is also used in many food products, including bread, cheese and meat products.
Gershorn said that many farmers are aware that the food we eat contains the chemical in some form.
“There is some indication that farmers may be ingesting it through eating a product, and that is a concern, especially in a rural area where the farmers may not have a lot of resources to go out and find out,” Gerhonsays.
The EPA is investigating the situation and says that the agency is looking into whether there has been a breach of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and the Federal Food, Safety and Inspection Act.
The agency has also asked the National Association of Confectioners of America to conduct a review.
“In terms of the current regulatory system, we know that there is still a need to have a regulatory oversight system that takes into account all of these factors,” Gertsonsaid, adding that he believes the EPA will take up this issue in the coming weeks.
“This is an issue that is getting a lot more attention.
There are more people who have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms,” Galshon said.