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You’ll Never Want to Buy Strawberries After Reading This

You’ll Never Want to Buy Strawberries
It’s getting harder and harder to ignore the toxins and pesticides that are used to grow your food every day. Unfortunately, pesticides and herbicides of all varieties are even used on the porous food we eat. This includes strawberries—yes, those tasty little fruits that you eat like candy may be coated in dangerous chemicals.

California is one of the largest producers of strawberries in the United States. To increase yields and improve the size of individual strawberries, farmers may turn to a variety of pesticides and herbicides.
Chloropicrin is one of the most dangerous and hazardous chemicals being used on agriculture today. However, it’s not new to the world. It was used in World War I as an agent of chemical warfare. When soldiers inhaled chloropicrin, it would induce vomiting.

As a result, soldiers would remove their gas masks and be exposed to whatever chemicals the enemy had lying in wait. Chloropicrin is one of the most potent chemicals used during warfare. It is no longer approved for use during warfare, which should indicate how unsafe this chemical truly is. The government does, however, still use chloropicrin in other ways. Police departments may use it as a riot control agent, as it acts like a tear gas and causes breathing difficulties.

Why is this chemical being sprayed on California strawberries if it’s so toxic? Well, in addition to being toxic to humans, chloropicrin is deadly to insects. Insects that eat chloropicrin may become violently ill and die, keeping them from eating strawberries and destroying crops.

Vomiting isn’t the only side effect of chloropicrin. Humans exposed to this chemical may develop bronchitis, pulmonary edema, and eye irritation. The Center for Disease Control  notes that this chemical can contaminate water, contaminate food, and contaminate agricultural products. A study produced by Science Societies notes that chloropicrin, in the absence of a high-barrier film, degrades rapidly in the soil. Because of this, it may affect plants that have not even been sprayed. What does this mean for you? Even if you don’t eat strawberries, chloropicrin could be sneaking into your diet through other types of produce.

If this chemical can’t be sprayed without protective suits and if law enforcement agencies must protect their skin while spraying it, you definitely don’t want to be ingesting it every time you get your fruits and veggies.

The only solution is to eat local, organic food. Organic produce is free of the hazardous chemicals that are used on conventional produce. Even better, shop with farmers that you know and trust. If you shop at a farmer’s market, you can get to know how local farmers control pests and only shop with those who use safe methods. It’s amazing what they’ll spray on produce and what government agencies allow. Being aware of what you’re eating empowers you to protect your family from herbicides and pesticides.

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