Pesiticides safety is an ongoing issue (And the US is NOT doing well)

  • Published on August 21st, 2020

The US has some of the most lax restrictions in terms of pesticide safety regulations; in fact, several of the pesticides used in the US are banned in the EU….

Research is increasingly showing that many pesticides cause a wide array of health issues, including cancer and birth defects.
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By Emily Folk

(Excerpted from a longer piece at Earth.org.)

More pests is only one symptom of a changing climate that’s making many crops around the world vulnerable to disease. Increased pest pressure may cause crop failure, but pesticides are not necessarily the solution. For example, spraying pesticides to kill “bad” pests may be a short-term solution, but it also reduces the ecosystem’s capacity to be resilient to future threats of disease, by harming soil organisms, impacting on water quality and eradicating beneficial insects.

…Significant delays in the global pesticide market are inspiring many farmers to consider natural alternatives to control pests, such as beneficial insects. Additionally, with the global economy temporarily slowed down, many farmers are looking for localised crop technology to incorporate into their integrated pest management plans. Many farmers are familiarising themselves with more regional solutions that take into account local climate, soil type and other considerations that can increase yields. For example, more farmers are using cover crops and intercropping to cut down on weeds, reduce pest pressure and save water.

(Read the whole thing at Earth.org.)

About the Author

Emily Folk is passionate about environmental sustainability, green technology and conservation. She is the creator of Conservation Folks, where she blogs about practical tips for helping tomorrow's world today.

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