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Most Harmful Pesticides


After the European Union shifted to ban a list of hazardous pesticides, the latest research raised the question of the consequences of the farmers in its absence. U.S. farmers have relied on pesticides that other countries have banned. Many farm groups in the U.S. debate that there are no other choices but to use them as crop yield would decline tragically due to its absence. But the major crop, soybean, uses the most controversial pesticide type called neonicotinoids, and it might do nothing to assist soy crops. According to research, there is no continuous advantage of neonicotinoid seed treatments. Much research has proved that there is no contrast in yield between soybean seeds that didn’t get any control in most cases. In many cases, the United States is behind Europe when the matter is related to restricting and banning particular pesticides. For example, here are a few pesticides which are very hazardous, and other countries have banned except the United States:


Neonicotinoids or neonics are the primary culprit in the magical disappearances of the whole bee colonies and work as the main agents on the bees. A few years back, the European Union took a vote and decided to ban the three most common byproducts of neonicotinoids: clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and imidacloprid. These pesticides, along with the neonic class, are still in use, hence the controversy. With the lawsuit from beekeepers and activists, the EPA has assured that they will look into neonics’ effects on bees. 


Paraquat is a pesticide connected to Parkinson’s disease, and several countries, including the European Union and China, have banned it, but not the United States. It is a very toxic and hazardous pesticide and slays weeds on just coming in contact. In a research/study, it was shown that if the person comes in contact with paraquat, acquiring Parkinson’s disease will increase. This can also result in kidney damage and breathing issues. 

The European Union voted for it to be banned a few years back. And in China, the Chinese government approved the ban in 2012. Paraquat is widely known for two things: the primary reason for suicide in Asia and other areas and the drug enforcement administration spraying the paraquat in Mexican marijuana from the 1970s.


A dynamic and hazardous pesticide known as 1,3-D is widely used in California. Also called telone, the chemical is either a gas or an abrasive present in the pesticides. Farmers add it into the soil to disinfect the soil before the plantation. But it being a gas, it evaporates quickly, and a lot of times, it gets into the groundwater, which would pose a threat of cancer in the residents who use the water for drinking purposes. The European Union decided to ban it in 2007 as it was dangerous for animals and humans. Without any formal numbers, it is safe to say that 1,3-D’s utilization is rising in California. 

Monsanto’s Roundup 

Monsanto’s Roundup has one active component, which will be banned in the Netherlands and Brazil soon, and Ontario, Canada has already banned it. Ontario banned it because people used it in their yards to make it look nice and clean, and it’s also known as a cosmetic pesticide. A year back, Sri Lanka also banned this pesticide. Researchers think that this pesticide might be the major cause of kidney conditions in the farmers present in Sri Lanka, India, and Central America. And surprisingly, it is a herbicide that is sold in large amounts in America. According to a few resources, It is used very heavily by farmers in the U.S.


A famous herbicide known as atrazine is generally found in America’s drinking water. European Union, being ahead of America, banned this pesticide in 2004. Due to its breaking down properties, it breaks down in the soil and gets mixed with the water, contaminating it and making it unfit for people to consume. Approximately 90% of the water used for consumption in the U.S. has atrazine in it. This herbicide seriously affects the immune system, results in birth defects, and messes up the hormonal system. An investigation, which took place in 2009, discovered that most of the community’s drinking water was contaminated with atrazine for over a month; the residents had no clue about the contamination. Even the local authorities had no clue about it as well. A lawsuit against this pesticide was filed a long time ago by 43 water authorities. 


After many studies and research, the U.S. utilizes the pesticides that other countries, including the European Union, Brazil, and China, have banned, which are the world’s leading countries after the United States Of America. Other than these pesticides, there are a lot of them which are used in huge amounts annually. Some of these pesticides are individually banned by some states in the U.S. after the reported poisoning. The US EPA (environmental protection agency) has left its utilization of non-voluntary-cancellations in recent years, canceling those pesticides a big task in the USA, asking for the industry’s permission.