The Pros and Cons of No Pesticides
For many years, people have been demanding that products with no pesticides or herbicides had to meet certain standards before they could be considered “organic”. The main thrust of this policy is to prevent genetically modified foods from being planted. However, there are many other substances that cannot be classified as organic and these include substances used in conventional farming such as the chemical Boric acid.
When it comes to the so-called pesticides and herbicides used on organic food, those in the agricultural sector are responsible for the majority of the chemical hazards. The major substances used in conventional agriculture comprise herbicides like Glyphosate (linked with an increase in the risk of cancer) and Potassium Chloride. Both of these substances are thought by scientists to cause reproductive problems in humans as well as serious damage to the human health system. Other chemicals that are used in agriculture that have been linked to health problems include Aspartame and Saccharin.
While the above chemicals were used traditionally, new technologies have allowed the increased use of pesticides and herbicides in organic farming. This has lead to a huge rise in crop production. One problem is that these pesticides and herbicides are known to leech off into the crops and make them much more vulnerable to damage from pests and diseases. With global warming being a major concern for many people, it has become even more urgent for organic farmers to look after their crops and make sure that their produce doesn’t have chemicals on them.
There are two main ways in which pesticides are introduced to crops: by insects and by humans. Insecticides are used to protect crops from pests, including bees and wasps. Farmers spray the foliage of the plants with a pesticide and the insects then ingest the pesticide into their systems. If ingested by the insect, the body will absorb the pesticide into its tissues where it is stored until it is washed away naturally by the digestive system.
In order to ensure that pesticides are not absorbed into crops, organic farmers must grow their produce without pesticides. This means only natural substances, such as compost, are used to increase the food’s nutritional content. Using a pesticide-free strategy means that farmers can provide high-quality food to consumers while still reducing the risks of chemical exposure. It is hoped that eventually, all foods will be pesticide-free.
Organic farmers who choose not to use pesticides find that their produce is slightly more expensive than those that do use pesticides. However, this is often offset against the lower quantities of pesticides needed to control pests. Also, organic food is grown without the use of potentially harmful chemicals, making it safer to consume. As such, it is hoped that over time, consumers will start to pay more for organically-grown produce, leading to an increase in its popularity.
Although it can be difficult to grow organically, particularly in regions with harsh climates, there are many people who remain committed to this method. Pesticides, it is argued, are necessary to protect the environment from chemical pollution and to promote biodiversity; organic farmers claim that pesticides cause more harm than good. Regardless of one’s views on the matter, it is clear that both groups share a desire for a healthy environment and an end to chemical pollution.
Despite differing opinions, one fact remains: pesticides are required by law. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your local area has laws allowing pesticide use. If you’re unsure whether your farm is properly protected, contact a lawyer or an attorney who specializes in agriculture and the environment to help you assess your risk of facing legal action. The more informed you are about the use of pesticides on your farm, the more likely you are to avoid problems with legal entanglements.