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The Perils of Pesticide Use

 

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The Art of War - In any war, one must have a sword (an offensive weapon) and a shield (defensive protection) - when we choose to only use volatile, synthetic pesticide poisons to "control" pests, we have no shield, no protection and our only "weapon" is attacking us and not our enemy.

In our ongoing war against home and garden pests, over 70 million American households make more than 4 billion pesticide applications each and every year. At least 85% of Americans or 84.5 million households maintain a poison arsenal of at least 3-4 synthetic poisons ranging from no pest strips, pesticidal shampoos, aerosols, granules, liquids and dusts. There are over 21,000 different over-the-counter household synthetic pesticide poison products containing over 300 active ingredients and as many as 1,700 "inert" ingredients per a 1990 EPA study prepared by Research Triangle Institute. The "National Home & Garden Pesticide Use Survey" found at least 75% of all American households use insecticide poisons, and consider cockroaches and ants as their leading pest enemies.In 1993, there were over 140,000 reported pesticide poison exposures; 93% of these involved home poison use reported nationwide to poison control centers - about 25% had (acute) pesticide poisoning symptoms (over half involved children under 6).

The Chinese Sage, Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" written in China 500 B.C. clearly warned: "There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited." Since the 1940s advent of volatile, synthetic pesticide poisons we have waged a protracted war against pest populations and now our air, water, food, mother's milk, blood, andadipose tissue all "normally" contain significant residues of these poisons, their metabolites, their "inerts" and contaminates! We have suffered an ever-increasing array of healtheffects, damages, and deaths - yet our pest "enemy" continues not only to flourish, but to increase. We have continually killed our own allies (the beneficials), poisoned our own water, air,and food and, thereby, sickened, wounded or killed ourselves and our own forces and continually ignored our enemy's natural weaknesses and engaged in warfare using onlyone (useless) weapon! We have totally forgotten how to protect ourselves and how to successfully wage war on our pest enemy. In 1950 fewer than 20 species of insects showed signs of synthetic pesticide resistance. In 1960 Rachel Carson had documented 137 species were resistant to at least one pesticide poison and noted it was the early rumblings of an avalanche of synthetic pesticide resistance. By 1990 the number of documented pesticide-resistant insect and mite species was 504 and, obviously, is still increasing. In addition to insects and mites, we have many other pesticide resistances developing, e.g., bacteria, fungus, weeds, etc.

In 1993, 1 in 7 Americans got cancer. We now have spent $25 billion on cancer research (a river of gold), now 1 out of every 2 (or more) Americans will get cancer; breast cancer will be the #1 killer and prostate cancer will be the #2 killer of Americans! When I originally wrote this at least one in eight women was doomed to get breast cancer. Since 1960 - 2000, more than 950,000 women had died from breast cancer and almost half of these deaths had occurred in the last 10 years! Putting this in perspective - only 617,000 Americans have died in all the wars our country has fought during the 20th Century!

Unless we desire death of our own race, we must stop releasing tons of virtually untested, unstable, synthetic pesticide poisons that are creating a synergistic contamination that no one can honestly say they can truly assess all of the human health risks for and which still does not even control our pest enemy! Some of the "inerts" can continue to contaminate for much longer than the active poison ingredients, e.g., some inerts have a half-life of greater than 880 years!

Yet, the U. S. annually still blasts itself with about ½ million tons of volatile, synthetic pesticide poison active ingredients which cost $4.1 billion and provide fewer and fewer benefits. Since synthetic pesticide poisons were introduced into agriculture at the end of World War II, total crop losses due to insect damage (despite a tenfold increase in insecticide poison) have almost doubled - from 7% in the 1940s, when all agriculture was essentially organic, to 13% by the end of the 1980s. In 1945 almost no insecticide poison use was used on corn and the USDA noted insect damage only averaged about 3.5%. Despite more than one thousandfold increase in the use of synthetic insecticide poisons on corn, losses to insects now average 12%! Entomological Journals are filled with pesticide resistance problems developing all over the world - obviously, synthetic pesticides quickly create resistant or immune pests. Pestisafes® normally do not!

The clarity of Sun Tzu's thought is still acted upon by Chinese generals of today; it is "The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting." This supreme art is what I have continually developed upon in my intelligent pest management manual® THE BEST CONTROL II© and this book. I, like Sun Tzu, believe "The skillful strategist should be able to subdue the enemy's army without engaging it, to take his cities without laying siege to them, and to overthrow his State without bloodying swords". One of Sun Tzu's admirers was Mao Tse Tung - in Chiang Kai-Shek's army - most of the younger officers considered Sun Tzu's thoughts to be out-of-date and hardly worth study in the era of mechanized weapons. Chairman Mao Tse-Tung disagreed with his enemy and in May, 1928 wrote "on protracted war", selected works Vol. II page 156 that "The object of war is specifically to preserve oneself and destroy the enemy" (to destroy the enemy means to disarm him or "deprive him of the power to resist", and does not mean to destroy every member of his forces physically).

This "truth" taken from the "Little Red Book", contains the essence to true IPM. To use toxic, volatile poisons that do not preserve us, but rather destroy our own people, pets, and natural allies without even diminishing, much less destroying our pest enemy, but which in truth actually preserve our pest enemy and even prosper our pest enemy is to ensure the annihilation of those living things (including yourself) you are trying to protect and preserve!All of the guiding principles of military operations grow out of this one basic principle: to strive to the utmost to preserve one's own strength and destroy that of the enemy . . . to release nerve gases, hormonal disrupters, carcinogens, mutagens, etc. (poisons) into or onto one's own ambient air, food, or water is to ensure our own defeat or destruction - while preserving that of our resistant enemy, and totally ignores the basis of all successful military principles! The communist Chinese Red Army defeated General Chiang Kai-Shek using this very principle and Mao noted that "without preparedness - superiority is not real superiority and there can be no initiative either. Having grasped this point, a force which is inferior, but prepared can often defeat a superior enemy by surprise attack." I warn you our "inferior" pest enemy is already resistant to our "superior' pesticides and is already winning the war - common sense (which is not too common) and the use of true IPM as detailed in the Intelligent Pest Management® manual, THE BEST CONTROL II© and will yet turn the tide in our favor.

How to kill pests without killing yourself or the earth......

There are about 50 to 60 million insect species on earth - we have named only about 1 million and there are only about 1 thousand pest species - already over 50% of these thousand pests are already resistant to our volatile, dangerous, synthetic pesticide POISONS. We accidentally lose about 25,000 to 100,000 species of insects, plants and animals every year due to "man's footprint". But, after poisoning the entire world and contaminating every living thing for over 60 years with these dangerous and ineffective pesticide POISONS we have not even controlled much less eliminated even one pest species and every year we use/misuse more and more pesticide POISONS to try to "keep up"! Even with all of this expensive pollution - we lose more and more crops and lives to these thousand pests every year.

We are losing the war against these thousand pests mainly because we insist on using only synthetic pesticide POISONS and fertilizers There has been a severe "knowledge drought" - a worldwide decline in agricultural R&D, especially in production research and safe, more effective pest control since the advent of synthetic pesticide POISONS and fertilizers. Today we are like lemmings running to the sea insisting that is the "right way". The greatest challenge facing humanity this century is the necessity for us to double our global food production with less land, less water, less nutrients, less science, frequent droughts, more and more contamination and ever-increasing pest damage.

National Poison Prevention Week, March 18-24,2007 was created to highlight the dangers of poisoning and how to prevent it. One study shows that about 70,000 children in the USA were involved in common household pesticide-related (acute) poisonings or exposures in 2004. It is estimated that 300,000 farm workers suffer acute pesticide poisoning each year in the United States - No one is checking chronic contamination.

In order to try to help "stem the tide", I have just finished re-writing my IPM encyclopedia entitled: THE BEST CONTROL II©, that contains over 2,800 safe and far more effective alternatives to pesticide POISONS. This latest copyrighted work is about 1,800 pages in length and is now being updated chapter by chapter at my new website at http://www.stephentvedten.com.

This new website at http://www.stephentvedten.com/ has all of my original IPM encyclopedia in its original form and will continue to have more and more free, updated Chapters every week. So far we have electronically updated The Introduction, Chapter 11, 15, 16A, 16B, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 and the Glossary of Terms. All of these copyrighted items are free for you to read and/or download. There is simply no need to POISON yourself or your family or to have any pest problems.

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