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Why Does Pesticide Use Matter?

Each year, the US uses nearly one billion pounds of pesticides, the majority of which are used to protect crops against damage from insects and disease. While pesticides help to increase immediate crop yields, they pose a significant threat to human and environmental health in the long term. Cancer, birth defects, and infertility are just a few of the side effects linked to exposure to pesticide residue.

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