Pesticides: The New Plastics?

 

After 2018 was dominated by talk of plastic harming our planet’s precious wildlife, could pesticides be the new crisis in 2019?

Plastic was deemed to be the biggest threat to wildlife across the globe in 2018 but with a large scale campaigns to combat the problem, could a new issue arise and take centre stage.

With an ever increasing amount of agriculture taking place in the UK, the amount of pesticides being used is also ballooning. This can have serious consequences for our wildlife if they are exposed to them.

Pesticides such as slug pellets which are commonly used in the UK contain ‘metaldehyde,’ a chemical that can cause harm to wildlife if not used correctly. If not monitered carefully it can leak into waterflows and expose itself to wildlife. This toxic chemical can be passed up the food chain from slugs to bird size creatures harming them.

Pesticides have been a debated issue in the past, with the EU banning ‘neonicotinoids’ due to fears that they were causing large scale harm to the bee population.

 

Bees were deemed to be at risk by the EU as a result of pesticides

To avoid using metaldehyde you can use natural altneratives in your garden such as copper strips to help. On a larger scale, the UK government has made plans for an environmental watchdog to protect our wildlife after the country has left the EU.

 

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