Pesticides Pesticides are chemicals designed to destroy pest insects (usually arachnids) and weeds. The use of pesticides in growing can cause severe damage to people, pets, and even wildlife. Many pesticides are toxic to humans and animals. If not used properly, they may pose serious risks to both yourself and your environment.
Fungicides Fungicides are similar to pesticides, but the emphasis is placed upon preventing fungi instead of killing them off. Most fungicides are broad-spectrum meaning they attack a variety of fungi and are effective at low concentrations. These compounds have been proven to cause harm to human health.
Herbicides Herbicides are poisons primarily used to kill weed plants. These herbicides act by interfering with the growth and reproduction of weeds. There are many different types of herbicides. Some of the most commonly known are Roundup, 2, 4-D, and Sulfentrazone. Each herbicide comes with its own set of pros and cons and some are much more harmful than others. The most common side effects associated with the use of these types of herbicides are headaches and nausea.
Insecticides Insecticides are chemical products meant to prevent insect infestation in crops. They work by disrupting the nervous system or organs of insects. These pesticides are often toxic to humans and animals and can cause long term damage to ecosystems. Additionally, insecticides do not always eliminate the problem because many bugs can become resistant to these substances over time.
Fertilizer Fertilizer promotes healthy plant growth and development by providing the necessary elements for survival. These materials help stimulate plant roots, regulate water levels and pH balance, and increase the amount of food produced. Fertilizers are classified according to their major ingredient; although a wide range of fertilizer options exist. Compost, manure, fish emulsion, blood meal, bone meal, seaweed, and green compost are just a few examples.
Chemical Contamination Chemicals are dangerous because they can cause severe harm to our bodies. They can cause cancer, birth defects, neurological disorders, and organ failure. Chemicals like DDT, PCB’s, and lead were once used extensively, but are now banned due to their negative consequences. Unfortunately, there are still many chemicals being produced today and many of them are highly toxic.
Soils Soil is the mixture of air, earth, sand, rocks, clay, grasses, and various other matter that make up the ground we live and walk on. Soil helps plants grow and thrive by absorbing nutrients, retaining moisture, and regulating temperature. Soil is extremely important for plant health and proper nutrition. When soil is deficient in any of these components, it results in unhealthy plants and poor yields.