Pesticides vs Farmers

Deciding if you want to eat foods grown on farms and pastures, some may recommend doing a fair share of research. In that case, according to recent research, an article from New York Times stated there is a pair of lists organizing the cleanest and dirtiest fruits and vegetables based on their levels of pesticides. Along with this, they mention the natural differences between them based on the outer layer of the food itself. How does this affect agriculture? The use of pesticides helps aid in the upkeep and growing of those crops on the farmlands.
When buyers hear the term, “Pesticide” they usually run for the hills due to the controversial reputation surrounding it. The main purposes for these chemicals are to maintain the fruits and vegetables grown on the fields and ensure they are grown to their ripest states. With many insects thriving on farmlands, it is difficult to keep the number of crops high enough to make a profit. Therefore, pesticides are used to fight off those bugs that feed off the fruits being grown, keeping the total number of crops high enough to profit. Caterpillars, for instance, maintain life by consuming these fruits, without those insecticides, there would not be enough foods to send off to the buyers. Meaning, the less they sell to consumers, the less money these farmers make.
Continuing, with the facts and opinions swirling around the use of pesticides, do they actually get into our fruits and vegetables? According to the article titled, “Do Pesticides Get Into the Flesh of Fruits and Vegetables?” from New York Times, they could! On the contrary, the thicker the fruit may be, the less likely it will be more contaminated than other fruits, such as a cantaloupe (cleaner fruits list)! Thin skinned fruits (strawberries and apples) tend to be on the dirtier fruits due to the amount of pesticide entering the flesh of the fruits. While these farmers grow and maintain the life of your foods, smart buying and thorough washing of the fruits begin your own journey!

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