June 24, 2013
Now available online the Italian translation of the speech made by Dave Goulson, Professor at the Biological and Environmental Sciences' Faculty of the Stirling University (UK), about systemic pecticides' impact on the farmland wildlife.
To the readers running out of time, we suggest to have at least a quick view at slide n. 17, which shows the evolution of the yields of oilseed rape in England over the last 25 years.
The graph offers the readers an immediate idea of the relationship between the amount of pesticides used and the associated average agricultural productivity expected.
Since there is no sign of increase in the crops' productivity, few questions arise.
- Have parasites became super-parasites?
- Are agrochemical pesticides totally ineffective?
- And if so, should they be considered absolutely unnecessary? (Is their use inspired by a myth? About the risks of myths, we could just remind how Mao exterminated birds in China based on the belief they were eating all crops... )
- Are farmers or the seed used becoming less efficient and therefore need to be compensated with chemical substances?
The only truth under the eyes of all, is that as the farmers' income per hectare decreases, the agrochemical companies' income increases.
Since the farmer income is calculated by deducting the expenses from the crop's yields (expenses deriving from the production itself: pesticides, seeds, fertilizers, farm equipments ...), then what is occurring is a transfer of the income from the agriculture sector to the chemical and mechanical ones, with a consequent reduction in the number of farmers employed.
Unaapi is thankfull to the author,Dave Goulson, for his commitment to the cause and for sharing such significant and uncontestable observations with our readers.
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