Farmers are increasingly being forced to use pesticides to keep up with the changing landscape of Australian agriculture, with a growing number of pests being increasingly resistant to the chemicals used in the industry.
Agriculture Minister Andrew Robb has promised to introduce legislation to ban the use of pesticides that can be harmful to human health, but this is unlikely to happen until at least the end of the decade, at the earliest.
Farmers have also been urged to make the use and spread of pesticides safer, to help them avoid getting sick from pesticide exposure.
The use of a pesticide is not something a farmer has to do, it’s something that they have to use in a safe and efficient way to protect themselves and their crops, says the agriculture industry’s official pesticide website.
What is a pesticide?
Pesticides are chemical compounds that are used to control pests or diseases.
They are often sprayed on the soil to kill pests or disease.
The chemicals themselves are harmless to humans and can be used to kill insects or pests, or can be combined with chemicals to kill weeds or plants.
For more information on the pesticides used in Australia, visit our pesticide resources section.
What are the problems with pesticides?
Pests are pests that are resistant to some pesticides, and some people can be affected by pesticide exposure to levels far below what is safe for human health.
In some cases, people may develop adverse reactions to pesticides, or have symptoms, including: dizziness, nausea, fatigue and stomach pain