THEY ARE EVERYWHERE
Around 2.8 million tonnes of pesticides are consumed annually in agriculture (2019), and their use is increasing every year. We are not yet sufficiently aware of the effects of pesticides on human health and the environment, particularly the chronic ones. It is wrong to think that pesticides only affect the target organism and that they do not harm the environment and other organisms. They can be found everywhere today – in our food, in the air we breathe, in the water we drink. Pesticides have also been found in mother’s milk. They are found both in the tree barks and in the fat tissue of whales.
Plants absorb dangerous substances and transport them to their organs. A part of pesticides remains on the surface of plants and some pass to the environment where they are passing through different food chains and organisms’ environments.