More and more studies are linking pesticide usage to health related problems like rising cancer and asthma rates.
At the same time leading bio-scientists are questioning the need for the usage. An outright ban is needed to protect our food chain.
Fungicides, herbicides and insecticides are designed to kill living species. Many of them end up in the food web where they can bioconcentrate and cause harm to our health.
Children are especially susceptible. Many are hazardous for pets, birds, or fish.
There are many pesticide-free solutions, for instance The Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides provides local alternatives.
In Victoria you can help by jointing Pesticide Free CRD