Pesticides were created to benefit us, by keeping harmful pests and bacteria away from our crops, thereby improving food quality, food security, and quality of life. When used in moderation, and in accordance to legal limits, pesticides do more good than harm.
However, the increased demands for food and production has seen excessive, illegal, or poorly regulated use of synthetic pesticides in agriculture. Ironically, what was once developed to improve our lives, is now affecting us in irreversible ways.
This message is not meant to cause fear or to tell you to run out and only buy pesticide-free produce. It is meant to raise awareness on the excessive use of synthetic pesticides and its negative impact.
“What can I do?”
1. Find out more about how your food is grown; ask farmers/businesses about your food sources to keep them accountable. Practise this with small and big businesses alike.
2. Stay up to date with news on agriculture & food production: best practices, reports on regulation breaches, etc.
3. Support and encourage food producers with good practices. Your Ringgit and your words go a long way to determining the future of our food production.
4. Rinse and soak vegetables and fruits before consumption. Whenever possible, peel the skin off fruits to minimise your risk of consuming pesticide residue.
Cultiveat’s produce are grown without pesticides. Browse our offerings on our online market.