The Myths of Safe Pesticides

The Myths of Safe Pesticides

by André Leu

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The chemical-based conventional agriculture industry claims that the synthesized concoctions they sell as pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides are safe when used as directed, but does the scientific evidence truly support their assertions? Organic agriculturist and lecturer André Leu delves into a wealth of respected scientific journals to present the peer-reviewed evidence that proves the claims of chemical companies and pesticide regulators are not all they seem. Leu translates technical jargon into layman s terms to break down the five most-repeated myths about pesticide safety, refuting them using scientific data. The pesticide industry argues that agriculture, and the global population itself, cannot survive without its products, but Leu warns that we are at risk unless we break free of their toxic hold and turn to more natural methods of pest and weed regulation.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151322607
Publisher: Acres U.S.A.
Publication date: 04/15/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 168
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

André Leu is a longtime organic farmer in Australia and president of IFOAM, the
International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements.

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The Myths of Safe Pesticides 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Pesticides have become the norm in our lives. The consumer is looking for the bigger, prettier produce and tends to look down on items with scars, bruises, or such. This leads farmers to pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides. But if these are killing of the bad parts of farming, what are they doing to the produce and those that eat them? The Myth of Safe Pesticides will go into the history of these chemicals from there start in the concentration camps use to kill prisoners to modern day affects. With a lot of research and studies, there is clear evidence that these chemicals are not as safe as we have been lead to believe. Andre Leu discusses the five common myths associated with pesticides: • Rigorously Tested • Very Small Amount • Breakdown • Reliable Regulatory Authority • Pesticides Are Essential to Farming Through in depth research, Andre Leu explains how there are no safe pesticides. This is a scary, eye opening account of what is happening to our children and us. This is a book I strongly recommend people read. Not educating yourself can and will kill you when it comes to pesticides. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
Pesticides have been, are and will continue to be in usage in the area of agriculture, and this book takes a serious look at the truths behind how safe these chemicals really might be. After a foreword as well as an introduction to help lay the background and explanations behind this book, five 'myths' are presented and discussed, each within one chapter. The book than ends with a conclusion, bibliography and index. In other words, it is a well laid out. The author has done his research and supports his arguments with quotes, graphs and other resources. Great care is taken in providing the exact sources where each supporting argument and piece of evidence was found. The evidence is laid out precisely, logically and in a clear manner, allowing the reader to understand how he came to his conclusions and where the evidence to support them came from. This is not a relaxing book nor is it meant for light reading, but rather, it reads like a true researched argument with a concentration on scientific arguments. The arguments made in this book are strong and might shock some readers. Although the author does attempt to keep the material at a logical level, he brings across the material in a way which does leave the reader questioning the use of pesticides. While the book fulfills its purpose splendidly, it offers little advice to the average reader on how to best handle the situation or what could be changed to avoid the problems in daily life outside of purchasing organic goods, which for many people isn't really a true alternative at this time or in the near future. This is an interesting book with carefully laid out arguments, which points out the downside and real problems pesticides have and cause. It's not a book for everyone, but those who are interested in the subject will enjoy it. I'm giving 3.5 stars and rounding up to 4. I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed it enough to want to leave my honest thoughts.
Debragg More than 1 year ago
"Poisoning Our Children" and "Myths of Safe Pesticides" by author Andre Leu are a must read for all parents who are interested in making sure that their children are getting the food and nutrients they need without the additives. When I read that 77 percent of all of our food in the United States has residue from pesticides that are being used I was shocked. I knew that there was some but I never dreamed it could be that much. The way that these can affect our children's bodies is unbelievable. The author is an Organic agriculturist and his knowledge and his research is invaluable. I wish I had this book to read years ago but it is never too late to start eating healthy. I give these books a 5/5. I was giving these books for a review and these are my opinions.