European Union banned the use of 22 most toxic pesticide substances in all EU-member states. Among those toxic substances used within pesticides are primarily those proven to cause cancer, endanger reproduction or genes, as well as those that negatively affect human nervous, immune or hormonal systems.

Substances likely to be harmful to bees will also be outlawed as bees are essential for the pollination of crops, while 20 percent of pesticides are very toxic to bees. The harmful use of pesticides has been the major reason for the recent sudden die-off of bee communities around the Planet.

Aerial crop spraying of pesticides will also be almost completely prohibited, with minor exceptions.

The EU’s ban of the most toxic pesticides met an unprecedented opposition from the British parliamentarians of the UK’s Tory and LaboUr parties. The great resistance from the UK government and the British agribusiness was  based on the primary assertion that food prices would soar as the crop yields would decrease. However, most unbiased agri experts believe there is now grounded verification of those worries, and, on the opposite, many crops varieties have been endangered by the use of toxic pesticides which have ruined the natural balance of pest control in the fields causing major losses in productivity. Not to mention the facts of immense harm caused by those toxins to the health of humans both farmers and consumers.

Organic farmers worldwide prove that  better crops with no use of pesticides can be grown without any losses of yields. Moreover, such pesticide-free crops can be preserved much better. The UK’s Soil Association says research based on UK government data suggests that more food could in fact be produced under organic production compared to conventional farming.

A study published by the United States National Research Council in 1993 determined that for infants and children, the major source of exposure to pesticides is through diet. A study in 2006 measured the levels of organophosphorus pesticide exposure in 23 school children before and after replacing their diet with organic food (food grown without synthetic pesticides). In this study it was found that levels of organophosphorus pesticide exposure dropped dramatically and immediately when the children switched to an organic diet.

Source: Bio Organic Food

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