Food Pollution- Causes And Effects | Health Education.




if we have glance at the history of human beings we may come to know that a great number of human beings have always been worried about foodstuffs. the present state is also approximately the same as it was earlier. sixty years ago,  the population of the world was half of the current population. if the trend remains the same, the population of the world in next sixty years will be twice.  will happen at that time? Definitely, we will have to produce the double amount of foodstuffs. this increase in production is possible, if we adopt some extraordinary and miraculous efforts as well as techniques. But we should also be aware of its consequences. we may increase the food production, but at what cost? 

as a matter of fact, we increase the food production by using fertilisers, insecticides, pesticides, weedicides and other chemicals in injudicious way. by using these chemicals, we also destroy the useful organisms present in the soil. this process reduces the fertility of soil in the long run. we kill the insects present in crops by using insecticides. Generally, tees insecticides have an effect on the food grains. Hence, it can be alluded that food grains are being polluted at the beginning also. these insecticides or chemicals are not only toxic to insects or plants but render these plants unsafe for human consumption. by using such food, it is also possible that there may be mutation in human beings also. we are taking 0.5 kg fertilisers, insecticides and chemicals per head through our diet in a year.

Recently, a survey was conducted in India by Indian council of medical research (ICMR) regarding food contaminants. the results are indeed horrible. they revealed excessive levels of a cancer-causing fungal product in cereals, and toxic metals in other food products of india. it also found high levels of pesticides residues in bovine milk, and metals like arsenic, cadmium and lead in infant formula, canned products and turmeric. the scientists detected high levels of a fungal product called aflatoxin in groundnut, maize, parboiled rice and chillies. aflatoxin is one of the most potent cancer-causing agent yet discovered. 
DDT is also present in milk higher than the tolerance limit. the various metals like lead, cadmium and arsenic are cumulative and could be highly toxic leading to serious health consequences such as kidney damage, growth inhibition and irreversible changes to the brain and nervous system. they also found that harvesting and post-harvesting practices, high moisture and temperature levels and nonseasonal rain and floods in India are all factors conducive to the growth of fungi which produce these toxins.

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL concluded that beef, pork and chicken have a greater risk of causing cancer. it has been proved that there are harmful germs in eggs, meat and milk, which are responsible for muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting and even death.

It means that most of the foods, which we intake, are polluted. if we do not take this problems seriously and do not find its solution, it is certain that we are heading towards the worst.

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