This new study raises a number of questions regarding the effectiveness of the two most popular agricultural pesticides as it seems that they only cause environmental harm while doing little to nothing to boost crops.
This study, made by the Task Force on Pesticides found that field rotation, planting natural resisting plants and crop are insurance are way more effective and safer at defeating bugs than the constant use of neonicotinoids and fipronil.
What did the study find
Dr. Jean-Marc Bonmatin, an author of the paper published in the scientific journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research commented that the team of researchers was surprised to see that the use of neonicotinoids on yield did not make them much higher. Looks like these chemical pest control have an overwhelming amount of negative effects on the yields while they do not any significant benefits.
The chemicals that are used on almost every possible type of crop have been linked to a decrease in pollinator, bird population and water contamination. The study reviewed more than 200 studies on this topic and it came to the conclusion that pesticides were not needed for the majority of the crops as they had a very small risk of being infested by worms or other insects. Furthermore, these insects started to become resistant to these types of chemicals.
A cheaper and less destructive alternative to pesticides is crop insurance. The study provides the example of Italian farmers who bought crop insurance for the equivalent of $5 a hectare compared to $50 a hectare that one usually spends on pesticides.
What is the main problem and how can we fight it
Most farmers buy pesticides because they are advised by seed sellers and chemical companies, without knowing if they are truly needed. A solution to this unnecessary use of pesticides could be informing farmers of the very harmful nature of thesechemicals and of how much money they are losing because of it. These pesticides pose a serious threat not only to crops and nature but to public health as well.