The Myths of Safe Pesticides
The chemical-based conventional agriculture industry claims that the synthesized concoctions they sell as pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides are safe when used as directed, but does the scientific evidence truly support their assertions?
Organic agriculturist and lecturer André Leu delves into a wealth of respected scientific journals to present the peer-reviewed evidence that proves the claims of chemical companies and pesticide regulators are not all they seem. Leu translates technical jargon into layman's terms to break down the five most repeated myths about pesticide use: independent scientific analysis shows that pesticides are not at all as safe as industry leaders and regulatory agencies claim.
The pesticide industry argues that human agriculture, and thereby the global population itself, cannot survive without using pesticides and herbicides, but Leu warns that human health is at great risk unless we break free of their toxic hold and turn to more natural methods of pest and weed regulation.
- The “Rigorously Tested” Myth
- The “Very Small Amount” Myth
- The “Breakdown” Myth
- The “Reliable Regulatory Authority” Myth
- The “Pesticides Are Essential to Farming” Myth
Copyright 2014, softcover, 168 pages.
Read an excerpt from The Myths of Safe Pesticides on EcoFarming Daily.
Listen to a Tractor Time podcast interview with Andre Leu.