Author: Dr David Hughes

Pesticide toxicity and public chemophobia: how toxic are modern-day pesticides?

Dr David Hughes
Summary Global food security is a major issue for the future of humanity. Food demand is predicted to grow strongly for at least the next 40 years and food supply is already struggling to keep up. Protecting crops from weeds, fungal diseases and herbivorous pests is a critical part of global agriculture and synthetic pesticides are the most effective tools farmers currently have to achieve this. Nevertheless the public perception of pesticides is strongly negative. In particular …