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Swiss voters reject proposal to ban synthetic pesticides

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  1. ajay0

    ajay0 Well-Known Member

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    Swiss Voters Reject Proposal to Ban Synthetic Pesticides

    Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a measure that would have banned the use of artificial pesticides in Switzerland, preventing their use in farms and gardens along with their imports.

    The initiative had been proposed by Future 3, a citizens group that is pushing for a pesticide-free Switzerland. The group’s spokesman, Dominik Waser, said the main motivation was protecting the health of people and the environment.

    “Pesticides have a huge influence on our health and it can’t carry on like this,” he said. While the long-term impact of the chemicals is not yet fully known, studies have suggested links between synthetic pesticides and a range of health issues including Parkinson’s and infertility.

    Mr. Waser also cited possible ecological issues connected to the spraying of synthetic pesticides.

    While a significant portion of organic farmers were in favor of the initiative, the majority of farmers operating the 50,000 farms in Switzerland strongly opposed it.
     
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  2. Vinayaka

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    What exactly is an artificial pesticide? How does it differ from a real pesticide?
     
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    Very sensible.

    A blanket ban on "artificial" pesticides seems unjustified and damaging. Nobody, to my knowledge, has made any case that all pesticides that are "artificial" must, ipso facto, be bad.

    A ban on selected classes of pesticide, whether "artificial" or not, based on evidence of harm, seems a far more reasonable way to go.
     
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    i have no doubt that ALL artificial pesticides are harmful.....

    i am speaking from a bug perspective
     
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  5. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue The gentle embrace of twilight has become my guide

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    It's kind of head scratching. Synthetic pesticides are made custom to kill pests while protecting surrounding foliage and even mammals.

    Maybe standards are too low.
     
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    Twilight Hue The gentle embrace of twilight has become my guide

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    I'd probably introduce natural predators before considering pesticides.
     
  7. We Never Know

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    Sometimes that backfires big time.

    Cane toads became pests after being introduced into Australia to control destructive beetles in Queensland's sugarcane crops. Cane toads are capable of poisoning predators that try to eat them and they continue to spread across Australia.

    Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.
     
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    I'm guessing artificial and synthetic would be interchangeable.

    Natural pesticides refer to products that are derived strictly from sources in nature with little to no chemical alteration. Synthetic pesticides are products that are produced from chemical alteration.

    Natural Pesticides: Using Organic Vs. Synthetic Pest Control.
     
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  9. ajay0

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    All artificial pesticides are not considered bad, but some have indeed given cause for concern showcasing the need for better regulations and inspections in this regard.

    There are studies on the environmental impact of pesticides and so on...

    Environmental impact of pesticides - Wikipedia

    Pesticide residue - Wikipedia

    Health effects of pesticides - Wikipedia

    Synthetic Pesticides
     
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