Pesticides are used to repel or destroy harmful organisms known as pests to prevent diseases, or protects plants or plant products during production, storage and transport. Pesticides play a key role in modern agriculture, and have contributed to the increase in yields that has been achieved in recent decades for most major cereal, fruit and vegetable crops. EU legislation sets out strict rules on the use of pesticides in food production to ensure they do not pose a risk to people.
What are pesticides and what is their function? Is it true that they affect human health? Learn about the health effects of pesticides and their residues in food.
Consumers may wonder, as they bite into a piece of fresh fruit or crunch on a vegetable, what extra “ingredients” they might be about to swallow. The latest report from the European Commission on pesticides and food should allay any concerns in the minds of those who appreciate the goodness in healthy, fresh produce.