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May 2019 Report Biodiversity: US and Pesticides effect on Biodiversity

by Aaditya Saha | 02-07-2019 22:46 recommendations 0

The US is lagging behind China, Brazil, and the European Union in banning harmful pesticides. There have been many studies and lawsuits showing that pesticides negatively impact the environment and human health. Pesticides can contaminate soil, water, turf, and other vegetation. In addition to killing insects or weeds, pesticides can be toxic to a host of other organisms including birds, fish, beneficial insects, and non-target plants. A bad insecticide can essentially destroy an ecosystem by killing off organisms and drastically decreasing biodiversity. Insecticides are generally the most acutely toxic class of pesticides, but herbicides can also pose risks to non-target organisms. Researchers from the Center for Biological Diversity reviewed pesticide cancellations and approved pesticides in the US, Brazil, China, and the EU to see how the United States compared to other countries in harmful pesticide approval and use. The USA is generally regarded as being highly regulated and having protective pesticide safeguards in place, but this study contradicts that narrative and finds that in fact, in the last couple of decades, nearly all pesticide cancellations in the USA have been done voluntarily by the pesticide industry. 72 pesticides banned or in the process of being phased out in the EU are approved for use in the US. In Brazil, 17 banned or phased out pesticides are still approved in the US, and in China, 11 banned pesticides are still used in the United States. Out of 1.2 billion pounds of pesticides sprayed on crops and other landscapes in the US, 322 million pounds came from pesticides banned in the EU, 40 million pounds belonged to pesticides prohibited in China, and 26 million pounds were from pesticides banned in Brazil. Overall, more than ten percent of the total pesticides used in the US come from pesticides that are banned or being phased out in all three of the regions studied. The majority of banned pesticides in the US were done so voluntarily. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) only canceled 37 pesticides since 1970. Voluntary cancellations have increased over the years, but EPA cancellations have dropped significantly. Especially when they are known to cause serious damage to the environment including hurting biodiversity and harming animals, we should follow other countries' lead and ban harmful pesticides from the government, and not wait for corporations to ban pesticides on their own.


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  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Aaditya

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about US and Pesticides effect on Biodiversity.

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 24-07-2019 02:43

  • Louis Mentor says :
    Hi Aaditya,

    Thank you for the late submission. I've marked this report as your May thematic report submission. Please submit the report on time, and if you cannot submit your report, you need to contact me and explain the reason so that I can give you an extended deadline. I enjoyed reading this report. I think it is informative and easy to follow. Great work.

    Louis Mentor
    Posted 08-07-2019 00:38

  • Wonhee Mentor says :
    Hello Aditya!

    Thank you for sharing your report on negative impacts of using pesticides. I am very worried that many types of pesticides that were banned in other countries are still used in US. When certain pesticides are known to cause health damage or harm biodiversity, US governments must consider regulating those pesticides more strictly.
    Also, I have no idea why this happened but the front part of your all sentences were cut off. Please check it out!

    Wonhee Mentor
    Posted 06-07-2019 15:19

  • Rosa Domingos says :
    Hey there Aaditya!

    Wow, this information is shocking and scary! Countries should try to see that dire negative implications of using pesticides and I am glad you raised this issue! I also think that we are citizens should become whistle blowers of our countries negligence and not just wait for environmental organisations to act on our behalf!

    Nice work Aaditya!
    Thank you so much for sharing this article piece with us!
    With my warmest regards,
    Posted 03-07-2019 14:52

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