When it comes to farming, technology and innovation do play a vital role. However, due to the growing need for food, more and more farmers are opting for the use of pesticides to increase produce. Now the issue with pesticides is that they are the only toxic substances that are released by farmers into the environment in order to kill pests that harm crops. These pesticides are made of substances and chemicals to kill pests and weeds that hamper the growth and development of crops. The common pesticides used by farmers are herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides and fungicides.
The need to wake up to the injurious effects of pesticides
Geoffrey Morell– a specialist in the field of sustainable farming says that it is important for farmers to regulate the use of pesticides when they are growing crops. It is true that pesticides are needed to ward off the living beings that harm crops however what farmers fail to realize is that these toxic substances are being ingested by mankind. He says that if you look around you, the food you eat, the water you drink, the air you breathe and much more is affected by these pesticides. People are consuming the same substances and toxins that are in these pesticides to ward off harmful elements to crops. He asks the question- is it safe? Farmers have to unite together to regulate the use of pesticides in order to save man from falling prey to sickness!
How pesticides harm the eco-system?
He goes on to state that pesticides have an adverse effect on the eco-system of the world as well. The farmer who is using the pesticide is the first to be affected. The people around him is also affected. Pesticides also go to the extent of harming fish, birds and those plants to which they are not even applied to. Animals who rely on fodder for existence are also affected adversely. Though, pesticides are not poison however it does lead to soil and water contamination.
The use of conventional approaches to ward of bugs and pests can help
From the above scenario, it is evident that pesticides do more harm than good. Now farmers have a valid question- if they reduce or regulate the use of pesticides, can the produce of crops be saved? If yes, what are the means to combat these pests that are a potential threat to plants.
Mr. Morell says that it is time for farmers to use conventional approaches and methods to control pests in the field. Animal predators for combating pests is a good option. Like for instance, chickens like to feed on insects and pests that are a potential threat to crops. Going back to natural means saves both plants and the eco-system he says.
Scientists in the field of agriculture are conducting research in the above fields and the results as of now are encouraging. Yes, more development is needed but the future of crops does look bright without the chemical interference of pesticides anymore says Geoffrey Morell!