Alternatives to Pesticides

Acute and chronic pesticides exposure could cause several health problems and serious diseases. Many scientific studies proved a link between pesticides exposure and cancer, leukemia, disruption of the endocrine, immune or neural system.

All of us are exposed indirectly to pesticides and other agrochemicals via food, water, gardening and household use or spray drift. Farmers, farm workers and their families are in direct contact with the chemicals, sometimes daily. Young children can be more exposed to pesticides because they play on the ground and their hands and mouth are in contact with potential contaminated surface. Developing brain and neural system of children and fetus are more susceptible to damage than adults. Exposure of pregnant women may contribute to an increased risk of childhood cancer and neurodevelopment disorders. Long-term low-dose exposure is also suspected to increase the risk for Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. Some pesticides could also act as endocrine disruptors and promote hormonal disorders, affect reproduction or contribute to a spontaneous abortion and possibly to prolong time-to-pregnancy.

Khoj promotes the alternatives of agricultural and household pesticides to ensure healthy life and safe environment.