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Single-Crop Farming – Perfect Environment for Pests

Touch the Soil News #517 In our Touch the Soil News piece #502 (October 2, 2016), we covered a global report in which the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) inferred that the industrial food chain almost totally misses delivering adequate nutrition and should be totally reshaped. On the heels of this report, new research about pesticide use has surfaced. Mono-cropping leads to greater pesticide use over companion cropping or smaller plots with a diversity of crops. William Wetzel, who led the study whilst at the University of California Davis, explained, “Insects have a perfect nutrient level that they really like. When it’s too high or too…

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Brazil National Cancer Institute: GMO Crops Drive Agrochemical Use

Touch the Soil News #376 Brazil, one of the world’s largest GMO corn and soybean producers has become the largest consumer of agrochemicals in the world. Brazil’s National Cancer Institute (INCA) – a division of the nation’s ministry of health – is quoted as saying: “Importantly, the release of transgenic seeds in Brazil was one of the factors responsible for putting the country in first place in the ranking of agrochemical consumption. The cropping pattern with the intensive use of pesticides generates major harms, including environmental pollution, poisoning of workers and the population in general. Brazil’s national consumption of agrochemicals is equivalent to 5.2 liters per person per year. Brazilian…

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