Pesticides and herbicides are a keystone of the modern farming industry. Over one billion pounds of pesticide get used in America alone each year and is considered a necessity to assure that food is safe and uncontaminated. But do we need to use them? Are they doing more harm than good?
For the most part, no. In most circumstances, we do not need to pollute our food with chemicals that are dangerous to the environment. The basic idea of pesticides is 'insects and animals, in general, are harmful to our crops.' Pesticides have detrimental effects on the environment and may harm all animals, beneficial, neutral, or harmful.
We all know that bees get harmed by pesticides although they are necessary for crop growth. However, other animals get harmed as well. Other pollinators including wasps, beetles, and even birds and bats will consume the nectar of the pesticide sprayed plants and fall ill and even die. Without these essential creatures, the crops in farms and the wild will not be pollinated, and thus unable to produce fruit and seeds.
Rain will also fall upon the crops, rinsing pesticides into the earth. Underground creatures will be sickened as well, and the contaminated water will make its way into lakes, rivers, and ponds. Fish and other water-dwelling creatures will be living the contaminated water the whole time and will be harmed very much.
There are many other natural ways to combat pestiferous creatures. You can do it biologically by using insects that consume other insects, like ladybugs or dragonflies, or using birds and frogs to do the same thing. Many farms have tried such techniques and succeeded greatly!
In conclusion, pesticides are not necessary to keep crops safe. It takes a significant toll on the health of the environment, and there are many safer alternatives
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