Growing use of pesticides in agriculture has increased human consumption of chemicals. According to studies, around three new synthetic chemicals are introduced each day in the agricultural sector. Since almost nothing is known about the long term health and environmental effects of these pesticides, consumers are now faced with complications and health impacts of which they had not been forewarned. On the other hand, with increased use of pesticides, there has been an even greater evolution of pesticide-resistant pests. The situation calls for a shift to organic farming as well as the application of sufficient precautionary measures by the chemicals industry.
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