The Importance of Chemical Pesticides

TheImportance of Chemical Pesticides

TheImportance of Chemical Pesticides

Theuse of chemical pesticides is one of the most controversial issues inthe contemporary society given the fact that these chemicals haveboth the positive and the negative effects. The proponents of theidea of the use of chemical pesticides, on one hand, suggest thatthey enhance increase crop yield and provide an effective way ofdealing with invasive species, such as Himalaya blackberry (Shaw,2014). The proponents of the use of chemical pesticides, on the otherhand, assert that the chemicals pollute the environment and causesignificant health hazards to plants and animals, including the humanbeings (Gammon, 2009). Although the two arguments are correct andvalid, the use of chemical pesticides should not be banned, but thestakeholders should focus on controlling the methods of theirapplication and the type of chemicals being used.

Themethod used in the application of chemical pesticides is one of thekey determinants of the benefits or dangers realized from thosechemicals. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (2014)the outcome of the use of any given pesticide depends on whether itwas applied correctly or not. Some of the ways that farmers and otherusers of chemical pesticides can use the chemicals correctly includethe use of the recommended quantities, duration, re-entry period, andthe right procedures. These measures can reduce the chemical residuesleft in the crops are reduced and minimize the human contact withchemicals, while ensuring that the benefits associated with the useof chemicals are realized. In addition, different chemicals havevarying effects on human beings and the environment. This means thatthe stakeholders should aim at regulating the use of the most harmfulchemicals instead of contemplating the ban of all chemicalpesticides.

Inconclusion, chemical pesticides have both negative and positiveeffects. The realization of either of these effects depends on themethods of application and the type of chemicals. The stakeholdersshould, therefore, avoid contemplating the ban of all chemicalpesticides, but focus on regulating their application and controllingthe use of the most harmful pesticides.

References

EnvironmentalProtection Agency (2014). Usingpesticides safely.Washington, DC: EPA.

Gammon,C. (2009, June 22). Weed killer kills human cells: Study intensifiesdebate over inert ingredients. EnvironmentalHealth Sciences.Retrieved October 20, 2014, fromhttp://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/roundup-weed-killer-is-toxic-to-human-cells.-study-intensifies-debate-over-inert-ingredients

Shaw,S. (2014). Himalayan blackberry and evergreen blackberry. NoxiousWeeds King County.Retrieved October 20, 2014, fromhttp://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/animalsAndPlants/noxious-weeds/weed-identification/blackberry.aspx