Debunking the myth that India is awash in pesticides

Screen Shot at PM
Image credit: EPA/Corbis

India has made rapid progress in the field of agriculture in recent years. Unfortunately, this largely remains unknown and uncelebrated. Between 1975 and 2014, India’s population increased 100%…. But our agricultural production increased 1,400% (i.e. 14 times)…. India now ranks second in the world in agricultural production.


Of the 3.52 million tonnes of pesticides (active ingredient) used in the world, the highest consuming regions are China, the US, EU, Brazil and Argentina. Together, they account for 90% of the pesticides used, globally. Even though India has the largest area (141 million hectares) under agricultural crops and is the second-largest agricultural producer ($367 billion) in the world, it accounts for just 1.7% of the global pesticides use. Compare that to the EU, which accounts for more than 11% of the global pesticides use, and uses 600% more pesticides than India does.

That there is excessive use of pesticides in India is a false allegation and lacks empirical support. Countries in the EU are the main source of funds for environmental activists based in India. The agenda of these foreign-funded NGOs is clear—to tarnish the image of Indian agriculture, globally, as desired by their donors.

Editor’s note: Rajju Shroff is the founder of crop protection company UPL

Read full, original post: Debunking myths on pesticide use

Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
Talking Biotech
Genetics Unzipped
Video: Test everyone – Slovakia goes its own way to control COVID

Video: Test everyone – Slovakia goes its own way to control COVID

As Europe sees record coronavirus cases and deaths, Slovakia is testing its entire adult population. WSJ's Drew Hinshaw explains how ...
mag insects image superjumbo v

Disaster interrupted: Which farming system better preserves insect populations: Organic or conventional?

A three-year run of fragmentary Armageddon-like studies had primed the journalism pumps and settled the media framing about the future ...
dead bee desolate city

Are we facing an ‘Insect Apocalypse’ caused by ‘intensive, industrial’ farming and agricultural chemicals? The media say yes; Science says ‘no’

The media call it the “Insect Apocalypse”. In the past three years, the phrase has become an accepted truth of ...
globalmethanebudget globalcarbonproject cropped x

Infographic: Cows cause climate change? Agriculture scientist says ‘belching bovines’ get too much blame

A recent interview by Caroline Stocks, a UK journalist who writes about food, agriculture and the environment, of air quality ...
organic hillside sweet corn x

Organic v conventional using GMOs: Which is the more sustainable farming?

Many consumers spend more for organic food to avoid genetically modified products in part because they believe that “industrial agriculture” ...
benjamin franklin x

Are most GMO safety studies funded by industry?

The assertion that biotech companies do the research and the government just signs off on it is false ...

Environmental Working Group: EWG challenges safety of GMOs, food pesticide residues

Known by some as the "Environmental Worrying Group," EWG lobbies for tighter GMO legislation and famously puts out annual "dirty dozen" list of fruits and ...
m hansen

Michael Hansen: Architect of Consumers Union ongoing anti-GMO campaign

Michael K. Hansen (born 1956) is thought by critics to be the prime mover behind the ongoing campaign against agricultural biotechnology at Consumer Reports. He is an ...
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend