Every country depends on Agriculture to satisfy its daily needs. The population of countries depends on agriculture for basic survival. Many farmers put extra effort into ensuring the best yields are produced per hectare.
To produce such yields, farmers deal with weeds and pests each season. Although they are successful with dealing with deterrents and obtain high crop yields in the process, there are various issues to take into consideration.
PESTICIDES HARMS MORE THAN PESTS
What are they? In dealing with pests, farmers use chemicals known as pesticides. Pesticides have been in use for the past 100 years. The only shortfall with pesticides is they do more than harm pests. Their effects go well beyond pests to harm both domesticated and wild animals. Of the two groups of animals, it’s an obvious fact that wild animals will be harmed more because they are not controlled which gives them unrestricted access to a contaminated pesticide area.
Most pesticides are pest specific, they target certain species of pests, but although they are manufactured to do this, most are not effective. They end up causing harm to innocent wildlife.
The worrying fact is that over 95% of all sprayed pesticides end in up in non-targeted areas. How? Air will carry most of the pesticides and some by runoff water to end up in water bodies eventually. Wild animals will be exposed to these pesticides when they visit the waterhole and directly consume them with the water which eventually leads to the deaths of wild animals particularly if they consume the pesticides in high concentrations.
Apart from destroying the animals by consumption, pesticides can also indirectly harm wild animals by depleting their natural food sources which happen mainly with pesticides that are mixed with herbicides meant for both weeds and pests. These will destroy the food sources of herbivores resulting in them relocating, and the carnivores will starve to death because there won’t be any food left for them.
MILLIONS OF WILD ANIMALS ARE DEAD
DDT has affected millions of wild animals. Although it is now prohibited, the effects of this dangerous pesticide were already felt, and it took from 1970 to 2010 for the residues of this pesticide to fully break down. Although we no longer have pesticides like DDT, it’s still important to note the effects of some of these other pesticides.
What is the solution? Farm organically. Organic products are made from organic raw materials that are farmed organically. Organic farming does not use any chemicals like fertilizers to pesticides which means our wildlife will be given a chance to live without having to be affected by the chemicals contained in such products.
Although farming organically is a solution, we think farmers will be motivated to do this if there was a higher demand for organic products in the market which places the ball in our hand.
Can you imagine the health and environmental benefits if organic farming was required?