Pesticides and a Resilient Food System
The debate in Europe over pesticides is only getting more contentious. As part of its flagship Green Deal initiative launched in December of last year, the European Commission is currently reviewing its Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive. This effort only leads to a more fundamental discussion about the sustainable use of pesticides, including questions such as:
– Can Europe help feed a growing population and keep farmers in business, while also reducing the impact of agriculture on climate and biodiversity?
– Can farmers produce enough food without pesticides?
– Do pesticides need to be part of the equation—part of smart pest management that uses new, innovative technology?