Pesticides: Sowing Poison, Growing Hunger, Reaping Sorrow, Volume 2

Agricultural policies worldwide are still driven by the idea that more pesticides mean greater productivity and fewer hungry people. Behind this myth are the corporate giants that have a vested financial interest maintaining a pesticides-dependent modern industrial agriculture. In this policy research and analysis, PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP) steering council member Meriel Watts PhD addresses the role of pesticides within the industrial complex, and how it eroded traditional agricultural systems that provided for people’s needs, causing a shift from production of food to cash-crops. It addresses the poisoning of people, the contamination of the environment, and the reduction of biodiversity that sustains agroecosystems. It explores the greater productivity that can be achieved by avoiding the use of pesticides while enabling farming communities to regain their dignity and independence.


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