Dr. William Porter, PhD is a scientist at the University of Wisconsin who presents a very understandable explanation about how dangerous pesticides are for us. His talk, Biological Effects of Pesticides, is an eye-opening presentation about the effects of pesticides on the endocrine, neurological, and immune systems in our bodies.
Many scientific studies over the last few decades have shown that pesticides are associated with the following health issues: feminization of males, masculinization of females (the increase in the incidence of polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS), reduced sperm counts and thus reduced fertility, increased incidence of birth defects (in those children conceived during the months when the application of the pesticides is highest), reduced intelligence in children, and incidence of breast cancer, just to name a few.
There is hope. If we purchase fewer pesticides, if we use safe and natural and effective ways to address pest issues, we not only can save our lives and those of our children and grandchildren, we will also send the message to the companies that make these products that they are not wanted. In addition, by changing our diets to organically grown food, we also support those farmers who are providing the foods for our good health and we are greatly reducing our risk of future disease.
If you prefer to read a few pages rather than watch the video, I recommend Dr. Porter’s paper published by Beyond Pesticides: Do Pesticides Affect Learning and Behavior?