Toxic pesticides banned in Europe – Ukraine should follow

airplane spraying pesticides on fieldEuropean Union banned the use of 22 most toxic pesticide substances in all EU-member states with decision made in January 2009. Among the toxic substances used within pesticides banned in Europe are those proven to cause cancer, endanger reproduction or genes, as well as those that negatively affect human nervous, immune or hormonal systems. Substances harmful to bees will also be outlawed as bees are essential for the pollination of crops, while 20 percent of pesticides are very toxic to bees. The harmful use of pesticides has been the major reason for the recent sudden die-off of bee communities around the Planet.

Aerial crop spraying of pesticides will also be almost completely prohibited, with minor exceptions.

The EU’s ban of the most toxic pesticides met an unprecedented opposition from the British parliamentarians of the UK’s Tory and Labour parties. The great resistance from the UK government and the British agribusiness was based on the primary assertion that food prices would soar as the crop yields would decrease. However, most unbiased agri experts believe there is now grounded verification of those worries, and, on the opposite, many crops varieties have been endangered by the use of toxic pesticides which have ruined the natural balance of pest control in the fields causing major losses in productivity. Not to mention the facts of immense harm caused by those toxins to the health of humans both farmers and consumers.

Organic farmers worldwide prove that better crops with no use of pesticides can be grown without any losses of yields. Moreover, such pesticide-free crops can be preserved much better. The UK’s Soil Association says research based on UK government data suggests that more food could in fact be produced under organic production compared to conventional farming.

Ukraine should now also adapt its regulations to catch up with the recent ban for toxic persitcides in the EU-member states.

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