Silke Bollmohr – the scientist – partnered with Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN) in the research and confirmed that farmers in Meru, Machakos, Kirinyaga and Murang’a were at risk of consuming the infected foods. He added that the pesticides can harm both humans and the environment.
Bollmohr, indicated that the fresh produce which most Kenyans eat have harmful pesticides. The World Health Organization affirmed that the chemicals have acute and chronic effects on humans.
The pesticides can also hamper children’s growth and development.
Chlorpyrifos is the Highly Hazard Pesticide that the scientist identified in Kenya.
Among the acute effects of these pesticides are attacks on the nervous system and weakening the blood’s ability to clot. Getting exposed for short period of time can have an impact on your blood, lungs, kidneys, liver, immune system and gastrointestinal tract.
Chronic effects act on eyes, skin, hormonal and reproductive system.
The hazards can also contaminate water.
Using the Food and Agriculture Organization as well as the World Health Organizations registered criteria of pesticides can reduce the risk they have. Using natural predators can help manage pests.
Statistical data from Kenya National Bureau reflected that the price of sukuma wiki increased for the month of May. This data points to the number of Kenyans that consume the vegetable.
Sukuma wiki or Kale is a source of income for most small scale farmers. Riboflavin and Niacin are nutrients found Kale. The crop is also amongst cheapest to produce. Thousand head and Collard are the types of Kale in Kenya according to a report by Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment and Promotion Project for Local and Up-Scaling.