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Four: Focus on future generations. rats to DDT, and found that it caused an increase in dramatic fat accumulaWhen you choose your food in 2014, tion and weight gain three generations it will be important to think not only later. about how the chemicals you are exposed to affect you, but also the effects Keep in mind that most of the studies your exposure might have on future examining this concept have focused generations. on animal tests, so the conclusions don't necessarily translate to humans. New research in 2013 has shown that it is possible for your descendants to be affected by the chemicals that their ancestors were exposed to, even if the future generations were never directly exposed to the pollutants themselves. This concept of disease inheritance is one of the most interesting (and f r i g ht e n i n g ) new phenomena to be discovered in the past few However, it's probably a good idea to years. avoid toxic pesticides so that we don't inadvertently pass on environmental An example of this was described in a diseases to our children and grandchilstudy published in 2013 that showed dren! DDT exposure could increase rates of Five: Listen to the frogs. obesity several generations down the Studies published in 2013 suggest that line. Researchers in the study exposed the use of synthetic pesticides may be contributing to the decline in amphibian populations. Amphibian populations have seen a dramatic decline in the past decade. Many scientists are worried that several species of frogs could go extinct in the next few years if we don't change our agricultural practices. Even frogs living in remote areas are exposed to toxic pesticides, according to a 2013 study published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Unfortunately, pesticide exposure can result in increased amphibian mortality, and even low-dose exposure can result in endocrine disruption. These effects were modeled by a 2013 article published in Scientific Reports. When the researchers modeled agricultural spray scenarios using the recommended application rates for the pesticides, they found that frogs experienced high mortality, ranging from 100 percent after one hour to 40 percent after seven days.