Pesticides are designed to be toxic
Many pesticides are severely harmful to human health and the environment, and responsible for the poisoning of numerous people, livestock and wildlife. Some have been linked to cancer. Some are based on WW2 nerve gases and damage the nervous system, whether insect or human. Many also disrupt the hormonal balance in our body: they threaten our potential to reproduce, and to have healthy offspring. Finally, some pesticides remain in the environment for decades: they accumulate in the fatty tissues of animals and contaminate the environment far from where they were used.
Use the links below to discover more on the problems with pesticides:
- Agriculture looks at farming and pesticides in the UK.
- Environment looks at the effects pesticides have on the environment, from air to soil.
- Food looks at pesticides residues in our food. Find out what the best and worst food are for residues.
- Bees are essential, as pollinators, to food security, but have been in decline and pesticides are playing a part.
- Fibre, Food, and Beauty looks at the many different food crops grown by organic cotton farmers in Africa and help them to find better marketing options for these, in local or export markets.
- Health looks at the health implications of pesticides, including the PEX section for people who have been exposed.
- Home and Garden looks at safe alternatives to pesticides. Including organic gardening tips.
- Organic Cotton (wearorganic) looks to reduce the problems from pesticides used in cotton production, particularly by promoting organic and fair alternatives.
- Parks and Amenities is a campaign aiming to get all of London's public parks and green spaces managed without the use of chemical pesticides
- Reducing Pesticide Use looks to reduce reliance on pesticides in the 95% of agriculture that is not yet organic.
- Regulation & Conventions looks at different stages in the pesticide life cycle, from bans in production, trade and import and disposal.
- Waste Pesticides looks at obsolete pesticides in our homes and in industry.