Everything is intertwine
We live in a society where pesticides have become a normal way of dealing with a problem. Considered time and money saving, its also too often look as the only way to resolve a pest problem. A majority of people still believe that spraying pesticide over crops is among the steps that a farmer MOST go through in order to produce nice and decent food. We tend to forget that not far from now, 70 years ago, the whole planet was feeding itself without using any chemicals pesticides. It's only in the late 50's that these chemicals where introduced on a large scale in
I wish that people could understand the consequences of their acts. By spraying pesticides, mankind is greatly affecting the ecosystem that is a unity. Insects are not just disgusting or annoying creatures, they exist for a reason. Among others, they are food for fishes, birds and small mammals, they created humus and assume a great role in pollinization. Is it that hard to visualize that once you kill undesired insects, you affect the whole ecosystem? Too many influent people are cut out from nature; how can they dictate their view if they are not in contact with creation. The insect world is simply amazing. When I was younger, like many others, I was afraid by most of the insects, but over time, I became closer and closer with nature and my views changed drastically.
In this section I will look at the consequences of spraying crops with pesticides, how to avoid such a situation and alternative ways to control undesired insects.
The so-called Green Revolution
The massive use of chemical pesticides came with the Green Revolution that started in the 60s, but was world establish through the 70's. Like GMOs, the Green Revolution was apparently the solution to world hunger. Corporations created hybrid seeds (wheat, corn, rice...) that once combined with chemical fertilizers and chemical pesticides, increased yield significantly. It was true in the beginning, but yields peak in the 80's and started to drop through the 90's. The revolution brought possibilities to farmers to exploited the maximum out of their field, with a minimum lost of crops. But it results in having to purchase the adequate equipment for spraying and heavy cost in pesticides, fertilizers and seeds purchase, which brought a great dependence via corporations. It was estimated that 40% of Third World farmers were using Green Revolution seeds and practices. In the end the margin of profits was not that much more important. But eventually, major problems came to the surface: the degradation of the soil, due to the use of pesticide and new generations of bugs becoming pesticides tolerant. Those "super bugs, require more spraying every year, leading to an endless maze! Several farmers have which they never got caught into that racket. Studies revealed that, after adding all the costs together, traditional farming is just as much profitable!