Pesticides: a blessing and a curse for European farmers

We spoke to farmers across the continent about pesticides and the benefits and challenges of sustainable agriculture.

We asked them: Can you imagine farming with much less pesticide? What will it take? Or why can you not imagine it?

Some had fully embraced the idea of abandoning pesticides and adopting more sustainable farming practices. For others, this option seemed simply not viable. It would mean higher production costs, lower yields, and difficulties in accessing larger markets. Some farmers are moving towards sustainability, but continue to use pesticides in some sections of their lands, or experiment with smaller doses than before.

Take a look at the photo gallery below to find out what each of them said.