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More than 75 years ago, Hugh Hammond Bennett, founder of the Soil Conservation Service said, “Take care of the l&, và the land will take care of you.” Those words should be at the heart of U.S. agricultural policy, và those policies should make it easy for farmers khổng lồ grow nutritious food for everyone và leave the land healthier than we found it.

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But for the most part, that’s not what’s happening, & the policies in the U.S. farm bill are discouraging farmers from farming sustainably. Unless those policies change, our tax dollars will continue lớn promote agricultural practices that rely on billions of pounds of fertilizers và pesticides--dangerous chemicals that drain into lớn our rivers, get into lớn our drinking water, stay on our food và end up in our bodies.



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American farms used nearly 900 million pounds of pesticides in the most recent year for which we have data.

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Dicamba is found in about 1,100 herbicide products. It can only be used on crops that were genetically engineered lớn be resistant lớn it, otherwise it will kill them along with the weeds. It easily becomes airborne & drifts away from where it is applied, landing on another farmer’s crops và damaging them.

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Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, has become the most widely used agricultural chemical in history. The chemicals in Roundup have sầu been linked khổng lồ cancer & other health problems.

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The class of pesticides known as pyrethroids accounts for nearly one-third of all pesticide use worldwide. A recent study found that pyrethroid exposure was linked khổng lồ a 56% increased risk of premature death.

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Chlorpyrifos is an insecticide used on many fruits and vegetables. It often remains on the produce when it’s bought at the grocery store. The insecticide has been shown lớn cause brain and developmental damage in children.

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Chemicals can make their way off farms as runoff và kết thúc up in our rivers, streams & eventually our drinking water. Nitrate runoff from fertilizers can be especially harmful khổng lồ infants, & is linked khổng lồ “blue baby syndrome” because the babies have sầu difficulty transporting oxyren.

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Why are we using so many chemicals on our crops?

Every year, the U.S. government spends billions of dollars on subsidies for insurance on crops. But the subsidies are only for certain crops, like corn, wheat and soybeans. These subsidies incentivize farmers to plant the same one or two crops year after year. Most farmers can’t afford lớn have sầu one bad season, let alone a couple in a row, so it becomes too risky for them khổng lồ plant anything else.

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The result? Planting the same crops over and over again drains the soil of nutrients, and farmers must rely more và more on fertilizers khổng lồ replenish the soil. With these monocrops, pests build up over the years, so farmers need more pesticides to lớn keep weeds và insects from flourishing, and ensure a successful harvest. This increased chemical use puts our food, our drinking water và the health of our families at risk.


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