Target: Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Goal: Enforce less toxic ways to protect crops from pests.
Produce is an important part of the human diet; fruits and vegetables contain important vitamins and body-building elements. Unfortunately, they also contain poisons we may be ingesting every day and be unaware of.
For decades, we have relied on chemicals to protect our crops from animals and insects. We would simply wash them as well as we could to protect our bodies from poisoning, but this is no longer enough. Some types of produce have pores that soak up the chemicals, and some chemicals are strong enough to seep into the skins or the stems. As a result, we ingest more poisons in one meal than any human should ever ingest through food.
Every year, 2.5 million tons of pesticides cause illnesses, increase the risk of cancer, and lead to over 200,000 deaths by poisoning worldwide. Comparing this to the 25 percent of crops destroyed by insects that would warrant the use of pesticides, this is extremely unbalanced. It is hardly worth so many deaths and illnesses just to get rid of a few insects.
Organic produce became a solution long ago, but higher costs and rarity have made it more of a hassle than a quick fix. Organic products cost more than average, and people are hesitant to buy it due to fear of discovering a bug or two crawling on it or in it.
While it is important to keep insects and vermin away from our crops, we should not have to rely on toxic chemicals to achieve this. We must find more eco-friendly ways to easily produce organic fruits and vegetables, ways that are safe and healthy for our bodies. Sign this petition to spread the concept of safer, healthier methods of protecting our crops.
Dear Mr. Vilsack,
Consumers have been forced to choose between expensive organic products or chemical-laced cheap fruits and vegetables. Over 200,000 people worldwide die of pesticide poisoning every year. Farmers who grow crops and use chemicals to protect them are at higher risk of cancer. It is time to put an end to this by creating and using less toxic methods of keeping pests from our crops.
Please start promoting eco-friendly, healthier, and less dangerous ways to protect our crops from pests. It is not worth so many deaths and risks of cancer just to spare a head of lettuce from a few bugs.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Margaret Mellon