Growing environmental, climate and health problems can be traced back to modern food production, including rising obesity and disease. Conventional, chemical and energy-intensive farming is also depleting fresh water supplies, while toxic agricultural chemicals pollute air, soil and waterways, thereby threatening the entire food chain from top to bottom.
Researchers found that 59 % of farms could cut pesticide use by 42 % without harming their production. Additionally, 40% of farms would even improve their production as a result of cutting back on pesticides.
Of the many pesticides that American farmers have embraced in their war on bugs, neonicotinoids are among the most popular, and now, the first evidence has appeared that they are in our tap water.