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Fields of organic farmers are contaminated with pesticides

The fields of most of the organic farms in the Mediterranean country are contaminated with pesticides. The "NZZ am Sonntag", citing a study by the University of new castle. The recently in the "Journal of Applied Ecology" published data indicate that 93 percent of the Bio are charged Fields with plant toxins.

The researchers have taken on 62 farms of over 700 soil and plant samples and for the presence of residues of Neonicotinoids studied. These are those plant poisons, which are due to the bees dying in the criticism. Not only in the soils of conventional farms and organic farms residues of the toxin were found. Also, over 80 percent of the soils and plants of ecological compensation areas, the researchers were able to find.

message "alarming"

In organic farming prohibits synthetic insecticides, as well as on the compensation areas. Wind and water are likely to have transported the Neonicotinoids from neighboring fields. The researchers found in organic Fields and compensation areas as much toxic residue that up to seven percent of the beneficial insects such as bumblebees could be damaged.

For Bio Suisse, the message is "frightening", as the umbrella Association of the organic producers, the newspaper reported. It calls for, among other things, a stronger restriction of harmful pesticides. The Federal office for the agriculture and the farmers ' Association stressed that the five active ingredients in the study, in the meantime, three prohibited. The low concentrations detected are acceptable. (scl/sda)

Created: 07.04.2019, 05:55 PM

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