Human health at risk: from COVID-19 to pesticides

To reduce the risks and impacts on human health, the environment and biodiversity caused by the incorrect use of pesticides

by Federico Coppini
Human health at risk: from COVID-19 to pesticides

After COVID-19 we must now also defend ourselves from the poisons of the pesticides spread in the air. These days the cry of alarm from doctors, environmentalists, presidents of bio-wards, and ordinary citizens about the dispersion of lethal chemicals in the air, sometimes used irresponsibly, especially in orchards, such as hazelnut groves.

There are several citizens who ask environmental organizations recognized by the Ministry of the Environment, and health authorities to intervene to reduce or stop this harmful activity for the environment and people. Accademia Kronos, consulted especially about the Viterbo area, replied that it is not necessary to appeal to the common sense of the farmers to adopt the use of these substances wisely, just ask the authorities to apply the law of the state, the n.150 section of 14 August 2012.

Article. 1 of this law, in paragraph "A" in fact tells us that the purpose of the standard in question is: “to reduce the risks and impacts on human health, the environment and biodiversity caused by the incorrect use of pesticides”.

And again in paragraph 2 of article 2, we read: “The provisions of this decree are applied taking into account the precautionary principle, when intervention is required to limit or prohibit the use of plant protection products in specific circumstances and areas, in the face of potential danger to human, animal and environmental health”.

The law then prohibits the use of synthetic chemicals in the vicinity of homes, busy roads and, above all, in the vicinity of springs or reservoirs. Entering the merits of the area of ​​Lake Vico (VT), where many hazelnut groves gravitate around the lake basin, whose waters even feed the aqueduct of the neighbouring towns, Accademia Kronos reports that several people who, for sporting reasons, simply for entertainment, etc., frequent the lake, asked the association to intervene, because they were worried about the excessive use of pesticides and herbicides that poisoned land located even a few metres, if not centimetres, from the waters.

Accademia Kronos therefore asked the authorities responsible for human and animal health and safety to intervene immediately with vigour to minimize the “pesticide risk”, keeping in mind that this agricultural activity, if not done with attention and respect for the environment and people, could be defined as a real “attack” on public health.

Accademia Kronos reminds that the mayors, responsible for the health of their citizens, should be the first to take an interest in the problem, preparing rules capable of prohibiting the incorrect and harmful use of chemical products in agriculture, especially when in the vicinity of homes or water reservoirs.

In conclusion, an invitation to all our eco-zoophilic guards, to our members and to sensitive people to report to the competent bodies of any disinfestation actions by the orchards capable of harming human and animal health.