The chemical-based conventional agriculture industry claims that the synthesized concoctions they sell as pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides are safe when used as directed, but does the scientific evidence truly support their assertions?
Organic agriculturist and lecturer André Leu delves into a wealth of respected scientific journals to present the peer-reviewed evidence that proves the claims of chemical companies and pesticide regulators are not all they seem. Leu translates technical jargon into layman's terms to break down the five most repeated myths about pesticide use: independent scientific analysis shows that pesticides are not at all as safe as industry leaders and regulatory agencies claim. The pesticide industry argues that human agriculture, and thereby the global population itself, cannot survive without using pesticides and herbicides, but Leu warns that human health is at great risk unless we break free of their toxic hold and turn to more natural methods of pest and weed regulation.
- The “Rigorously Tested” Myth. Are pesticides tested for safety before going on the market?
- The “Very Small Amount” Myth. Can even a small amount of chemical residue be harmful?
- The “Breakdown” Myth. Do pesticides rapidly biodegrade, and are the breakdown products truly harmless?
- The “Reliable Regulatory Authority” Myth. Do the regulatory authorities review unbiased evidence before declaring a product safe?
- The “Pesticides Are Essential to Farming” Myth. Are pesticides the only thing keeping our planet from starvation?
The pesticide industry argues that agriculture, and the global population itself, cannot survive without its products. Leu warns that we are at risk unless we break free of their toxic hold and turn to more natural methods of pest and weed regulation.
Foreword by Vandana Shiva.
The author, Andre Leu, is a long time organic farmer in Australia and president of IFOAM, the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements.
Softcover, 168 pages.