Are pesticides needed to feed the world?

Are pesticides needed to feed the world?

Technically, pesticides are not needed at all to produce food; organic production is a realistic alternative.

Farmers producing organic food or food with far less pesticides earn a comparable income compared to the majority of conventional farmers.

If the real costs for society would be calculated, industrial farming is not economical.

EU policy fails to implement sustainable agriculture while pesticide use is increasing and ecosystems are collapsing

Current EU agro-policy is contributing to the destruction of local markets worldwide and pushes smallholders in the direction of industrial farming 

Organic and/or other sustainable ways of farming can feed the world


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