Pesticides, such as the organophosphates and carbamates, affect the nervous system. Others may irritate the skin or eyes. Some pesticides may be carcinogens. Others may affect the hormone or endocrine system in the body. .
Pesticides can be found in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. They are found in our soil and even in our breast milk.
People can be exposed by breathing a pesticide, getting it into the mouth (by eating or drinking, for example), or by contact with the skin or eyes
Some pesticides and certain food additives are also potentially teratogenic and mutagenic substances.
A mutagen is an agent, such as radiation or a chemical substance, which causes genetic mutation.
A teratogen is an agent or factor which causes malformation of an embryo.
You can avoid exposure to pesticides by buying organic, in- season and locally grown fruit and vegetables, washing fruits and vegetables before eating them, and using non-toxic methods for controlling insects in the home and garden.