Anti-pesticide groups in Europe want synthetic pesticides phased out by 2035 over fears that biodiversity, crucial to food production, is under threat.
There is no doubt that pesticides are not as safe as they are claimed to be. Not only in terms of their effects on human health, but also environmentally as well, it is increasingly realized that pesticides are causing major problems.
In France, dozens of species of birds have seen their numbers decline because the insects they feed on have disappeared. The situation has been described by conservation biologists as ‘catastrophic’.
Research in Europe has found pesticides in more than 80 percent of tested soils.
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