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Use of toxic chemicals in croplands causes severe health hazards


Published : 13 Nov 2021 08:47 PM

The risk of 'safe food' is increasing gradually day by day since the use of pesticides and insecticides in crop and vegetables fields has increased extensively. 

To ensure production of fresh, pest free crops and vegetables, the poisonous pesticides and insecticides are being used in the plants indiscriminately. 

For such indiscriminate use of poisons, human lives are at stake and they are being affected with various incurable diseases by eating those poison laced crops and vegetables. 

The Barind region of the country- commonly known as store house of food of the country is now completely polluted with the use of toxic chemical fertiliser, pesticides and insecticides in the fields and crops. 

The present situation of fields at Barind region has turned to such a condition that without using pesticides, insecticides and chemical fertiliser no one can now even think of production of crops and vegetables there. 

The poisonous insecticides and pesticides at the first stage pollute the air during spraying those in the fields and create severe damage of environment. 

Secondly, the poison that is deposited in the land after use is washed away by rain and pollutes the water of ponds, canals, rivers and even the sea. 

Both human and animal lives are being threatened with toxic reactions by using the water of those ponds, canals and rivers. All fishes and aquatic animals and plants are also being threatened to be destroyed with the indiscriminate chemical pollution.

By consuming poison laced vegetables and crops, people are being attacked with various incurable and life-threatening diseases like gastric, Ulcer, Dysentery, Jaundice, stroke, typhoid, High Blood pressure, kidney failure and even cancer. 

There is not a single home in the country which is free from any sort of medicine. In every house of the country any one can find some common medicine for gastric, headache or ache, dysentery and diarrhoea. 

Taking the opportunity to spread common diseases in every house, the drug industries were making a booming business in the country. Most of those diseases were spreading fast due to the consumption of toxic foods by all sorts of people. 

The pesticides used in the field are soaked by the paddy and when a man consumes rice his health is also affected by the toxicity of rice. 

Again, the pesticide laced straw is consumed by milking cows and the milk produced from the cow is also laced with toxicity and by drinking the same milk, people are also affected with toxicity. 

The use of insecticides and pesticides also killed the good bacteria of the land and the fertility of the land decreased. 

Moreover, toxic chemicals, pesticides and insecticides are not only being used in the crops and plants but highly toxic formalin and carbide are being used to preserve and ripening of fruits. 

Consuming those fruits are also highly hazardous for our health. Even by consuming formalin laced fish we are facing health hazards regularly. 

However, during recent times, the consciousness on the toxic effect of chemical fertiliser, insecticides and pesticides has been increased among all sections of people. 

Many farmers were now using special insect and pest killers made of margo leaf juice, Bardo mixture, lime, baking soda and ashes. 

Using those natural ingredients to contain insects and pests in the crops and vegetables were proving completely non toxic and those fruits, vegetables and crops were not causing any toxicity in the human body after their consumption. 

Using of those natural ingredients in the fields were not destroying the environment as well rather improving the soil, water and environmental condition.

Dr Abdul Alim, Deputy Director of Horticulture Research Office in Rajshahi informed, no formalin and carbide is used to process or ripening of any fruit in Rajshahi now. Fruits and fish of Rajshahi are now formalin free.  

He however mentioned the use of chemical fertiliser, pesticides and insecticides in fields, plants and fruit orchards were continuing to destroy the environment, crops and fish stocks of the region.