The usage of phytosanitary projects to counter weeds and other pests that impact the crops has enabled the rise in productivity of European agricultural crops in the last 50 years. Their usage has been one of the main centerpieces of the augmentation of agriculture in current decades and has sanctioned substantial crop yields to be procured but this dominance has been at the cost of the agricultural soils of the European Union.
Two researchers from the scientific team of the European Diverfarming project at the University of Wageningen (Netherlands), Violette Geissen and Coen J. Ritsema, have scrutinized surface soil samples from 11 European countries, discerning for the traces of the pesticides utilized in the space of agriculture and they have established the diligence of this kind of product on land.
Succeeding the analysis of 317 samples taken in 2015 from 11 European countries at the disposal of six varied cropping procedures, the study “Pesticide residues in European agricultural soils: a hidden reality unfolded” inferred that 83% of assumed samples entailed pesticide residue. Some 58% of that percentage was combination of pesticides as contradicted to 25% which emanated from a solitary kind of substance. Glyphosate, DDT and broad-spectrum fungicides were the chief compounds perceived.
Growing social disquiet regarding this issue has two fundamental guidelines: The chief perseverance of pesticides in the soil and toxicity of some abstract species. Contemplating that the residues gather in the top most part of the soil they will easily be converted to airborne due to their air currents.