If you’ve heard anything about pesticides, it’s probably about how toxic they are. But they make growing food more cost-effective, so when some make it into your groceries, how bad can they be?
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All the toxins from DDT had to build up and kill off enough wildlife to get Rachel's attention. Then she has to take the time to write a book, get it published, and a DECADE later DDT is finally banned! But we should definitely trust the people in charge of these matters?
This is why it is good to have some regulations, and a more capable E.P.A. to oversee things such as how and when such pesticides are applied. This also proves that this whole "natural food" idea is a great big marketing scam.
Well I hope all you haters are happy. Olivia basically stands still like a stall in a field with no wind. Sigh...I miss the twitchy Olivia.
SciShow, please feed her veggies soaked in DDT. That will get the Olivia back in the swing of it!
Sooo, if pesticides are definitely sickening agricultural workers, shouldn't we be suspicious that they are harmful to _all_ humans, especially infants & children? Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and chemical fertilizer...yummy. "Better living through chemistry" used to be a propaganda catchphrase of the petrochemical industry...
It’s a difficult choice, pesticides to increase crop productivity or go organic and destroy even more habitats to grow food to feed the increasing number of humans, a good cure would be to reduce the human population
I love your show. Great research, with educational and entertaining material. I am however honestly very sorry to say that Olivia Gordon’s voice, tone and accent is hard to understand and even distracting once you notice that almost all her phrases end in guttural muffled sound. Once I see that she is the host, I will only watch the video if the topic is of high interest to me, otherwise I will skip it.
Great job. You completely skipped over how Silent Spring was half baked propaganda that caused millions of people to suffer from malaria that they wouldn’t have if DDT had used in a more judicious way rather then banned.
Rinsing fruit with wax on them (such as non-organic apples), would probably not remove any remaining pesticides but would remove some germs left by all who handled the produce after the wax was applied.
What EPA? Under either party, the elected government officials have been bribed for the last 35 years to reduce funding so that there are intentionally not enough agents to check corporate farm's usage of pesticides to assure they are in compliance. And now, epa head was purposely selected and approved to insure the agency withers and dies. :(
I have a masters degree in organic agriculture, and I stopped trying to explain to people that organic is not pesticide free, and that natural is not always healthier. People believe what they want to believe. No matter who explains. If a shiny commercial with a celebrity tells them something is healthy, they will eat it, even if its poison or detrimental to the environment...
The agricultural issues really arise because we want to use mono culture and low genetic diversity. The strategy of modern agriculture is inherently flawed as we cripple natural defense mechanisms through soil degradation due to agribusinesses no longer using cover crops and the over reliance of fertilizers (which are the real problem TBH) Ideally we can do a lot to improve on these problems without using pesticides as a cure all after all pesticide resistance has become a real issue and will get worse so long as we keep treating them as a end all rather than the last resort they should be.
What the hell scishow? Major FAIL!
Way to obfuscate the risks of one of the most widely used pesticides out there, glyphosate, which IARC has just shown is a human carcinogen.
People, it's obvious Scishow is way too scared or too weak to tell the truth about these kind of things. The EPA listed glyphosate (Roundup) as a carcinogen in the 90s but had to back off after Monsanto lobbyists successfully and corruptly influenced the government. Now IARC, using data from all over the world, has shown that it truly is a carcinogen and that there's no safe human level for consumption.
Scishow you need to step up and tell people the truth. You constantly try to "stay out of politics" but you're undermining people's faith in your channel. You should heed Einstein's warning that the scientific community must become political lest a bunch of greedy idiots take over and doom our species, which by the way is playing out exactly as he warned us. Take a stand and be brave Scishow.
People you should go see the truth about Roundup at Ring of Fire:
Though it's a touch off-topic, I'd have like to have seen mention of vertical farming, with hydroponics, aeroponics, closed-loop water system and air filters right at the end, talking about the future, as such mechanisms will (whilst likely uncovering their own, new set of problems) significantly reduce the need to pesticides and particularly cut-down on run-off harms.
Other than that, another typical SciShow piece, real good. Thanks Olivia and all involved x o x
You should have mentioned mosquito pesticides like BTI and BS that are biological pesticides. Mosquito abatement also employs mechanical pesticides such as using an organic (such as coconut) oil to break surface tension and essentially drown the mosquitoes.
It is the same in Europe: Some of the most toxic pesticides are used in organic agriculture. Despite that, they all, also organic products, are generally safe.
One thing is certain: We never had better food in the history of mankind. If it becomes a problem, then it is most likely our own fault and a sign of gluttony.
Would you, the next time you cover this subject, let people know chlorpyrifos (which is said to cause developmental issues with humans), and similar, will be banned thanks to HI Dist. 2 Sen. Russell Ruderman, as the introducer of the bill, and Gov. Ige of HI signing the bill June 13? It was SUPPOSED to be banned in all the nation (phased out) by recommendation of the EPA under Obama, but Trump's Presidency has caused this to be thrown out. :(
SciShow I think you may have an error in the video, I have seen several legitimate sources refuting the ddt and thin egg connection, here is an excerpt from one article; “a 1970 study published in Pesticides Monitoring Journal reported that DDT residues in bird egg shells were not correlated with thinning. Numerous other feeding studies on caged birds indicate that DDT isn’t associated with egg shell thinning.
In the few studies claiming to implicate DDT as the cause of thinning, the birds were fed diets that were either low in calcium, included other known egg shell-thinning substances, or that contained levels of DDT far in excess of levels that would be found in the environment – and even then, the massive doses produced much less thinning than what had been found in egg shells in the wild.”
Glyphpsate is actually less toxic than baking soda, half as toxic as table salt, a third as toxic hydrogen peroxide, 29x less toxic than caffeine, and 560x less toxic than vitamin D. The aforementioned organic rotenone pesticide is anywhere from 7-49x more toxic than glyphpsate. Being in agriculture myself, no farmer ever says "I'm going to do douse my crops in chemicals and go broke doing it." The idea is to lower costs as much as possible folks, pretty simple.
It is odd that sci show makes a video about pesticides when one of the largest chemical companies (monsanto) is being sued for selling glyphosate aka roundup when they knew how toxic it is at almost any level! Search for the lawyer mike papantonio (who is suing the company) he has videos explaining more.
As someone that is in agriculture research, thanks for educating the public about this topic and the gmo topic in previous vids. It's quite frustrating to explain this, as people are always stuck in their beliefs or simply misinformed. There are reasonable objections, but I want those objections to be factual and true so we can fund solutions instead of some media spin job putting us behind.
I'll just say this : please do some research and produce an episode about the life of soil and permaculture. There's plenty of very interesting science on this topic (in my opinion it would be worth several episodes actually). Also, you might reconsider your mantra about how we couldn't sustain food production without pesticides.
Autonomus farm–robots is a future solution that is in the works. Like the very old days before pesticide work and time was cheap, but today its the oposit. The solution is small size automation with autonomy.
Was this episode sponsored or commissioned by Monsanto?
I've seen a documentary about American farmers, who had used glyphosate for a decade, showed how the very soil had died. Even Monanto's own resistant seeds couldn't take foot anymore and the loss of crops was worse than it would've been without the pesticide use...
It doesnt happen. Glyphosate cant harm the soil because of how it works as a chemical. Yes it binds up in the soil but breaks down relativly fast. The dead fields may just be a result of over application. Thats why there are specific rates that the chemicals are aplied at. Just to add. Too much water will kill a field so it cant just be pinned on a chemical.
You neglected diatomaceous earth. It's a dry clay that is made up of tiny sharp fossilized diatom shells. Scientists disagree about what exactly is happening, but it somehow messes up the outer cuticle of small arthropods, which kills them by dehydrating them. It's already in wide agricultural use. It's mixed into grain stores and used various other ways. It's a mild lung irritant if it gets into the air, but otherwise it's completely safe for vertebrate consumption. Food-grade DE is so safe it can be used to de-worm even tiny kittens and puppies. It's pretty much the only insecticide that's safe to use around my parrots (as long as I don't create clouds of dust). It's not universally applicable but it's great at what it does.
They did not include diatomaceous earth because it does not actually kill slugs and snails, that is a myth. If you want a pretty good and somewhat entertaining (though very small) test of the myth, check out https://www.gardenmyths.com/how-to-get-rid-of-slugs-with-diatomaceous-earth/
The careful phrasing in this video is quite revealing... @0:58 "they're basically anything that's used to kill or control pests"... By that vague definition, my shoe would be considered a "pesticide". @4:49 "Many people assume organic food, at least as it's legally defined in the US..." Yes, a lot of offenses can slide through as "legally" defined. @7:11 "The US government carefully monitors the food supply for excess pesticide residues..." Well, it USED to, before regulations were demonized by the current free-for-all pretending to be a government.
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