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Systemic pesticides and their threats to humans, environment

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DAVAO Region, being a predominantly agricultural region despite its growing commercial and industrial sectors, will always be in the midst of a debate of the benefits and disadvantages of doing without pesticides, particularly systemic pesticides.

DAVAO Region, being a predominantly agricultural region despite its growing commercial and industrial sectors, will always be in the midst of a debate of the benefits and disadvantages of doing without pesticides, particularly systemic pesticides.

Systemic pesticides are described as pesticides that you cannot wash off. Once sprayed, it is absorbed by the plant and “moves around in its tissues”. Thus, it not only poses risks to human health but also to biodiversity and ecosystems.

Top on the list are Neonicotinoids or Neonics, which has been linked to the steep decline of bees, which in turn affects pollination and a lot of other side effects. Neonics are widely used worldwide for seed and soil treatments, foliar sprays, turf products, flea treatments for pests and lawn care. In short, it’s everywhere.

See full article at Sunstar

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