If We Excessively Use Pesticides to Protect the Crops from Diseases, Then It May Cause Long-term Damage to Mankind. Justify this Statement. - Science


'If we excessively use pesticides to protect the crops from diseases, then it may cause long-term  damage to mankind'. Justify this statement.



Chemical substances such as pesticides are sprayed over crop plants to protect them from pests and diseases. When herbivorous animals eat the plant food, these poisonous chemical pesticides go into their bodies. Man, being an omnivore, eats plant food as well as the meat of herbivores. Thus, the pesticides present in plant food and herbivores get transferred to man's body through food. Pesticides are non-biodegradable chemicals, so they get accumulated at each trophic level. Since humans occupy the top level in any food chain, the maximum amount of harmful chemical pesticides gets accumulated in our bodies, damaging our health gradually.
Hence the statement 'excessive use of pesticides to protect crops from diseases may cause long-term damage to mankind' is justified.

Concept: Food Chain
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Chapter 5: Our Environment - Exercise 2 [Page 241]


Lakhmir Singh Class 10 Biology (Science)
Chapter 5 Our Environment
Exercise 2 | Q 21 | Page 241

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