Advocates of environmentally sensitive agriculture have called for more to be done to reduce the farming sector’s ecological footprint on the anniversary of one of the environmental movement’s most defining works.
Conservation farming groups have used the occasion of the book’s 50th anniversary to call for more action to be taken in exacting a paradigm shift in agriculture towards greater sustainability. They argue that too little has been done to reduce the negative social and environmental impacts of agriculture in the time since Silent Spring was first published.
Around the world, the use of pesticides is rising. Over the next eight years, chemical production in Europe and the United States will rise by 25 percent. In Asia-Pacific production will rise by 50 percent and in the Middle East 40 percent.