Why We Should Avoid Pesticides

BOOM AWARD - ORGANIC FARM TRIP

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to be invited to Soil Associations Exclusive Farm trip to visit their CEO and OBE, Helen Browning organic farm - The Eastbrook Farm is situated near Swindon in the beautiful Wiltshire country side. During this day trip Helen shared her amazing story of growing up at the farm and how she has been running the farm organically for 30 years. We got the chance of a behind the scenes tour of the working farm where they are raising cows, pigs and other animals. As a veterinary nurse, it warmed my heart to see how the animals was surrounded by huge green fields, how well they were looked after and how happy and satisfied they seemed! This was a very informative and fun day trip in my wellies, where I got the opportunity to meet fellow BOOM AWARDS nominees. We learned a lot more about the organic certification process and the use of pesticides, along with exciting and innovative farming techniques such as agroforestry. Thanks a lot to Soil Association for inviting me and for the BOOM nomination.

I find the use of pesticides very important to highlight and would like to share some information about why we should avoid pesticides and choose organic products in this article. Keep reading under the picture...

Happy cows at the Eastbrook Farm

Happy cows at the Eastbrook Farm

PESTICIDES 

The use of toxic pesticides to manage pest problems has become a common practise around the world. Pesticides are used almost everywhere, not only on agricultural fields, but also in homes, schools, parks, buildings, forest, roads…. Today it’s difficult to find somewhere were pesticides are not used. From the bug spray under the kitchen sink to crop dusting acres of farmland, our world is filled with pesticides. In addition, pesticides can be found in the air we breathe, the food we eat, our soil and the water we drink.

Pesticides have been linked to a wide range of human health issues, ranging from short-term impacts such as headaches and nausea to chronic impacts like cancer, reproductive harm and endocrine disruption. 

PESTICIDES ARE HARMFUL FOR HUMANS, INSECTS AND OUR SOIL

Pesticides has been linked to a wide range of human health issues, ranging from short-term impacts such as headaches and nausea to chronic impacts like cancer, reproductive harm and endocrine disruption.

Not only is it harmful for humans, but it can also damage agricultural land by harming beneficial insect species, soil microorganisms, and worms which naturally limit pest populations and maintain soil health. The pesticides are weakening the plant root system and immune system, reducing the concentration of essential plant nutrients in the soil such as nitrogen and phosphorous.

FACTS ABOUT NON-ORGANIC FARMING

Just to put some more facts on the table, almost 300 pesticides can routinely be used in non-organic farming in the UK and these are often presented in non-organic food. 31,000 tonnes of manufactured chemicals are used in farming each year to kill weeds, insects and other pests. Research suggest that if all farming in England and Wales was organic, pesticides use would drop by 98%. Governments testing in 2015 found pesticide residues in 43% of British food, and many of these contains more than one pesticide. In 2015, over 17,800 tonnes of pesticides were used on British farms to kill weeds, insects and control crop diseases.

ORGANIC FOOD IS HEALTHIER

Ground-breaking research published by the British Journal of Nutrition has found significant nutritional differences between organic and non-organic farming. This study show that organic food is higher in antioxidants and lower in toxic metals and pesticides, which is more beneficial for your own health and wellbeing.

By avoiding pesticides you have to choose organic products, this way you are looking after your own health and wellbeing, along with our planet and animals. Isn’t that just great??

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