Pesticides: How Safe Are They, Really?

As America becomes increasingly urban, with over eighty-percent of the population living in or around cities, agriculture and food production is easy to keep out of sight, out of mind. Despite its urban population, however, America is still one of the leading food exporters in the world, which in turn boosts pesticide use due to increasing demand for farming. Pesticides can be credited for American efficiency in farming, but are they really safe? 

Despite remaining understudied, research shows that pesticides can cause harm to humansespecially children, who are most susceptible to risks associated with pesticide exposure. While tap water is an important step of washing produce to remove pesticides, tap water ironically may be carrying harmful chemicals in both urban and rural settings. To better protect families and individuals from health risks associated with pesticides, Seychelle offers lab-tested water filters that are guaranteed to filter out pesticides. 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, pesticides can enter drinking water supplies through “ground water or above water systems that feed drinking water supplies.” Pesticides travel into ground and above water sources through runoff from crops, improper disposal of pesticide containers, and accidental spills. The contaminated groundwater is sent into drinking water supplies that over fifty percent of Americans consume as their main source of drinking water. In other words, pesticides can easily creep into the tap water that the average American drinks daily. Unfortunately, most Americans do not realize the dangers associated with drinking water that contains traces of pesticides. 

Exposure to pesticides, both in large and small doses, can harm the consumer in life-altering ways. First, pesticides do not harm one particular anatomic system, but instead attack the “dermatological, gastrointestinal, neurological, carcinogenic, respiratory, reproductive, and endocrine” systems according to scholars at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Its effects extend beyond one area of concern, as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease all may be linked to pesticide exposure. Additional research is still being conducted on how pesticide exposure, even in small doses, affects growth and development in children. 

Even as research continues to be conducted concerning pesticide exposure through tap water, health is not the area where one should take their chances. To avoid all traces of pesticides, tap water needs to be filtered in a way where all pesticides are blocked from entering a consumer’s body. Seychelle products are designed to do exactly this. They are independently lab-tested to ensure that any potential harm caused by pesticides is eradicated… before it’s too late. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do pesticides enter drinking water?

Pesticide runoff is quite common in agricultural communities, and these chemicals enter groundwater sources that directly connect to drinking water supplies. However, urban communities are not immune to pesticide exposure. Accidental spills from pesticide manufacturers and improper disposal of pesticide containers in local yards and fields are just a few of the ways pesticides can run into drinking water supply. 

Can small amounts of pesticides harm me?

While more research has been done on direct-contact exposure to pesticides, small amounts of pesticides and constant exposure to pesticides in small doses are still harmful and have been linked to a variety of health problems. 

How can I avoid pesticide exposure through tap water?

The easiest way to avoid unintentionally drinking pesticides is through a private water filtration system. Seychelle offers affordable water filters that provide users with peace of mind that their water is safe and pesticide-free. 

Works Cited

“Drinking Water and Pesticides.” National Pesticide Information Center, 16 September 2021, http://npic.orst.edu/envir/dwater.html. Accessed 7 November 2021. 

“New Census Data Show Differences Between Urban and Rural Population.” United States Census Bureau, 8 December 2016, https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-210.html. Accessed 7 November 2021. 

Nicolopoulou-Stamati, et. al. “Chemical Pesticides and Human Health: The Urgent Need for a New Concept in Agriculture.” Frontiers in Public Health, 18 July 2016, https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpubh.2016.00148/full#B31. Accessed 5 November 2021. 

“Pesticides in Groundwater.” USGS, 2021, https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/pesticides-groundwater?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects. Accessed 7 November 2021. 

Thorpe, Matthew, and Rachael Link. “Are Pesticides in Foods Harming Your Health?” Healthline, 26 May 2021, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/pesticides-and-health. Accessed 7 November 2021.