(Natural News) Pesticides and herbicides have infiltrated the world’s food supply at an alarming rate. Each year, over one billion tons of pesticides are used in the United States alone. Worldwide, that number reaches over 5 billion tons annually. And in many ways, pesticides are more harmful to the food supply and the environment than the pests they are designed to kill. Look no further than the declining bee populations if you want evidence of that; bees are essential for pollination for many types of crops and plants, yet the penchant for pesticides is killing them off in droves.
One of the most common myths perpetuated by the agrochemical industry is that these harmful chemicals are essential for feeding the world’s population — but are these altruistic claims founded in reality, or are these assertions of a more sinister, profit-driven variety? A new report from the United Nations suggests that the necessity of pesticides for ceasing world hunger is, at best, nonexistent…. [read more]