Friday, 7 February 2014
How to Protect Your Crops From an Overdose of Chemicals
Chemicals mostly sprayed on crops are pesticides and herbicides. Pesticides are known as substances that can chemically eradicate pests, while herbicides are known as substances that chemically eradicate infectious plants and weeds. There are many advantages for using these substances, which include lower food costs and a better human life quality. we should consider the risks and drawbacks of using these kinds of chemicals along with their benefits.
Both herbicides and pesticides are commonly marked as harmful because they consist of highly toxic chemicals. In fact, these chemicals do not only affect the crops they engage but also may pollute the soil and surrounding water sources. During heavy rain periods, chemicals sprayed on crops may end up in the public's groundwater by running off into nearby waterways. Certainly this could be potentially hazardous to the public's groundwater for drinking water. That is why it is important to protect your crops from an overdose of chemicals.
Proper handling and usage of pesticides and herbicides are the keys to avoid overdose and toxicity from the chemicals. Before buying and using these chemicals, we should learn all we can about the material, how to appropriately use it, and how to properly throw away the empty containers. It means, for proper handling we should always read the pesticide or herbicide labels. We must store the chemicals in a safe place and keep them away from children's reach. Also, we should carefully consider whether spray chemicals are necessary and if an alternative solution maybe just as effective.
To avoid further issues related with the uses of chemicals on crops, farmers should choose chemicals that have a reasonable certainty of not stimulating any harm to the public. Before they spray their crops with specific pesticides or herbicides, they should check whether there have been many tests and evaluations on the selected chemicals. They should note that even some areas need the public be informed before using chemicals on crops. Also, they should display the public notices related with spraying chemicals on crops in newspapers, letters, or flyers.
In short, avoiding exposure to toxic substances needs awareness and precautions of possible poisoning as well as unwanted reaction from them. As alternative to chemical products, there are organic pesticides and herbicides that tend to repel insects instead of demolish them. These are specifically appealing to farmers who only want to keep insects away instead of eradicate them in their droves. They are all effective as pest repellents, which are not environmentally toxic.