Agricultural crop dusting has become a cost effective and accepted way to eliminate pests from crops. Many who live near farms have come to accept it as a part of their lives. Great care is taken to spray the designated fields, but an unexpected gust of wind, a sudden change in wind direction, or a miscalculation can live you in the middle of a cloud of chemical dust.
What are the effects of crop dusting on the health of people, pets, and the earth? There is still great debate on the subject. Those who are a part of the industry say that if the dusting is properly done, there are very few health threats can be linked to it.
Others who live nearby have reported dead fish floating in nearby streams and rivers, many people have reported increased respiratory problems, and others attribute the death of love ones due to exposure to these chemicals.
So who is right? Research continues to be done to determine if these chemicals are really at the root of many of the occurrences that people report, but there seems to be no definitive answer that all can agree on.
There is a way to take matters into your own hands rather than wait for conclusive results from research. If you are sensitive to the chemicals, or just want to insure that you and your family are breathing the cleanest air possible you do have options.
Even though you may not be able to control the air quality outside, or prevent crop dusting, you can control your indoor air by eliminating chemical dust from your home or office with a high efficiency particle arresting (or HEPA) air purifier that has a filter specifically designed to remove airborne chemicals.
HEPA technology is the same filtration method used in hospitals, and by definition is designed to eliminate 99.97% of particulates down to .3 microns. This means that for every 10,000 particles in the air, 99,997 of them will be eliminated.
As the debate continues about whether these pesticides are harmful, if you are unwilling to take a chance with your health by breathing this dust that is nearly impossible to avoid, other than selling your home and moving far away, HEPA filtration is your best chance at keeping your air quality as fresh, clean, and healthy as it can be.