PROBLEMS OF REPEATED PESTICIDE APPLICATIONS CAUSING CUMULATIVE RESIDUE SITUATIONS

C. Van Assche
A few decennia ago the side effects of technology were discovered namely their indirect or so-called social repercussion. Mighty techniques and production methods, as well in industry as in agriculture, gave rise to pollution problems all over the world with unpredictable consequences. It is clear that one has to turn himself to an era of selective, justified, human directed and future controlling techniques. Agronomy is not an exception. It has to be emphasized that nearly 4 milliards of people, shortly 6 or 7 milliards, will have to be fed. This is impossible without modern agricultural practice, it is a must, but it should not be at the cost of the environment.

Practising agriculture is interacting with nature. This means not to let things grow on their own, indicating resigned acceptance of diseases, pests and famine. Man in trying to control nature, should never dictate it but manage it.

The consumer is continuously claiming higher quantities and better quality. A general trend for intensification, culture specialization and monocultures are pressing on. Specialization enforces the use of e.g. exogenous chemicals and various phytosanitary products with their unavoidable accompanying residue problems. Residues may badly affect the environment and the biosphere. Quality of life is attacked by different forms of pollution. Actually the community wants to know the repercussion of modern agricultural technology on the environment. The discussion on this topic should be expert, honest and profound. Further elaboration of justified agricultural techniques comprises choices from the community and increasing political rules involving insight and devotion from everybody.

Van Assche, C. (1988). PROBLEMS OF REPEATED PESTICIDE APPLICATIONS CAUSING CUMULATIVE RESIDUE SITUATIONS. Acta Hortic. 220, 383-390
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1988.220.53
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1988.220.53

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