Banning Neonicotinoid Pesticides Increases Pesticide Use

Some interesting insights out of New Zealand. The vice president of the country’s farming association, Colin Hurst, is quoted as saying if neonicotinoid pesticides are banned, it will result in even more sprayed pesticide use.

According to NZFarmer, Hurst states that seeds in New Zealand are usually coated with neonicotinoids which prevented insects from eating the crops when they start growing. If the country banned neonic pesticides, like the EU did recently at the urging of environmentalists, then more sprayed pesticides would be utilized. Outlawing the insecticides would also make it harder for farmers to establish grassland fields used for crop cultivation.

If sprayed pesticides are used, then green campaigners push to ban them claiming residues from sprayed pesticides are poisonous when consumed. Environmentalist opposition to pesticides is conducted to not only make humans more susceptible to insect attacks but also affect the human food supply. Restrict or even ban pesticides use for crop production and food volume shrinks, which results in mass starvation and even death.