Pesticides like Monsantos glyphosate are widely used in agriculture all over Europe. Pesticides are used to keep unwanted herbs, certain molds and insects from infecting the fields. The use of pesticides is extremely widespread and has become more and more popular over the course of the last century. But why?
Monocultures. Monocultures are trending, but at the same time they aren’t sustainable. Keeping a certain diversity on the field makes the plants more resistant to being infected by insects and other pests. Unfortunately, the rise of monocultures has also led to an increase in the use of pesticides.
Only in the last few years has the public become aware of the possibly extremely dangerous effects of pesticides on human health. Numerous studies suggest that round up, Monsantos glyphosate product, is very likely to be a carcinogen, thus having a terrible effect on human health.
No wonder that numerous progressive NGOs and citizen initiatives have tried to convince the EU commission to ban glyphosate from our fields. Without success. This is a classic David vs. Goliath situation. Bayer-Monsanto is one of the worlds largest companies for agrochemicals. Losing the European market would cut into their profits, and let’s be honest – that’s all they care about.
Not only does glyphosate have a possibly terrible effect on human health, its also proven to negatively impact our bees, which we so urgently need, and our imbalance our entire eco system.
Many farmers have chosen to use natural and organic means to get rid of pests now but for them it is extremely hard to keep up in a competitive market. This shows: there’s only one way – we need progressive legislation to protect the planet, our eco system and humans alike.
As Apoteum we are concerned with sustainability and most of all human health. We get our Scandinavian Hemp from Sweden, because they are one of the most progressive nations regarding pesticides.
Sweden introduced a progressive tax for pesticides as early as 1984. They were the first country worldwide that introduced such a tax. The tax was then used for “agri-environmental programs aiming to reduce pesticide application and to promote integrated pest management.” Swedens goal was the “reduction of residues in surface water or food and the establishment of farming techniques that are less dependent on chemical pesticides” and they succeeded: The use of chemical pesticides dropped significantly between 1984 and 2009, only to see a little increase until 2012.
Scandinavia still has a long way to go and we have to continue to fight for a healthier environment. For now however, our Scandinavian Hemp has the best opportunity to grow and prosper in Sweden, so that we can produce high quality health products for all of us.