If we had the chance to go back in time, could we sit next to Newton when he came up with the theory of gravitation, and help him? Or, if we can travel into the future, will we be able to avoid the wait-list issues?
Fortunately, there are always good people working to find a solution in a world full of millions of problems. Like the communication tools we use now, years ago, before the invention of the smartphone, people used pigeons for messaging.
A lot has happened in the last century. If you asked your grandparents what the world was like back then, they would tell you that things change in the blink of an eye. When they were younger, they might have only talked to people in their neighbourhoods or people who lived nearby. However, in the next 50 years, they will be able to communicate with their adorable grandchildren who live far away, across the ocean and across land.
The Proud Invention
Astounding innovations make our lives as humans easier. We are delighted to welcome new inventions that provide solutions to our problems. It doesn’t matter how big or small the issue is; useful inventions can address them all.
A good example is the invention in agriculture, which produces the food we eat. Glyphosate was discovered in the 1970s and became a landmark in 1996. Coincidentally, Farmers at the time were looking for a way to get rid of weed pests that kept them from cultivating their crops without harming the main crop. Soon after the benefits of glyphosate were discovered, farmers all over the world flocked to use it to treat their crops for troublesome weeds.
Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in agricultural history. Every year, 2 million tons of pesticides are used globally, with herbicides reporting for half of that total. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in herbicides, was used nearly 15 times more in 2019 than it was in the mid-1990s.
Over the years, glyphosate, which was thought to be safe for animals and non-target plants, turned out not to be as pretty as it was thought to be. The impact is starting to show, and there are now many studies examining the impact of glyphosate, which has been a farmer’s culture for generations.
Previously, Pandawa Agri team wrote about the dangers of insecticides with neonicotinoid active ingredients to bees. It turns out that glyphosate, the most commonly used active ingredient, also has an unpleasant impact on our kind pollinators, such as bees. A lot of glyphosate can get into the bees’ bodies, which can make them more vulnerable to pathogens and make their colonies less successful.
This is not a good news because glyphosate takes between 3 and 133 days to degrade, depending on water conditions. Long-lasting glyphosate residues can damage vegetation where glyphosate is applied. This will harm the ecosystem because of the widespread use of glyphosate around the world.
More surprisingly, Pandawa Agri Indonesia team found a statement published by the World Health Organization stating that glyphosate is suspected of causing cancer in humans. They say that some of the “possibly carcinogenic” compounds found in glyphosate mixtures, like the glyphosate + inert mix, are known to cause cancer.
Is The Use of Glyphosate Banned?
After more than 50 years of glyphosate use in agriculture, a debate on its application has begun in Europe. Because of its adverse impact on the environment, animals, and humans, European countries such as Germany have tightened regulations and will ban the use of glyphosate by 2023. This regulation is causing consternation among farmers who use glyphosate as a “important tool” in crop cultivation. This regulation will be followed by other countries such as France and Italy, but it does not prevent other countries from joining the fray.
This glyphosate regulation will eventually affect Indonesia as a country that exports agricultural products to Europe such as coffee, palm oil, and others. Despite the fact that glyphosate is not currently regulated in Indonesia, it should be a major concern in agriculture.
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The glyphosate contained in agricultural products affects the quality of the cultivated plant itself. The higher the level of glyphosate contained in the plant, the lower the quality of the plant. If the plants grown do not meet the standard for herbicide residue limits, farmers will not be able to export their crops, and consuming them will increase the risk of diseases like cancer.
Pandawa Agri team sighed as they watched the glyphosate controversy. On the other hand, limiting the use of glyphosate could have a significant impact on agricultural sustainability and productivity. On the other hand, glyphosate has the potential to harm the environment, animals, plants, major plants, and humans.
Can Glyphosate Use Be Reduced Gradually?
We now have technological innovations in herbicide and insecticide reductants that are already on the market in Indonesia and some parts of Malaysia. Reducing the use of glyphosate is possible through the use of reductant technology. Because glyphosate is a herbicide active ingredient, the reductant used is a herbicide reductant. The invention of this herbicide reductant has the potential to reduce herbicide doses by up to 50%. Herbicide reductants are made up of 70% non-toxic ingredients that support herbicide action (active glyphosate or other active ingredients) and have no phytotoxicity effect on plants. As an extra benefit, herbicide reductants degrade quickly, leaving no harmful chemical residues behind.
As the years go by, we realize that many things have changed. In the past, our grandparents and great-grandparents didn’t expect to be able to communicate with people across the world, and we don’t think that what we encounter today will become something that, if excessive, will be a boomerang for us.
Are there any other innovations that we can apply to give valuable advantages to our environment, especially in the agricultural sector?
The Pandawa Agri Indonesia team is interested in learning more about a cultivation technique called intercropping technique. Have you ever heard of intercropping technique?
This technique is more effective and efficient in the use of cultivated land, he said. In addition, the farmer can gain more benefits by growing different crops. Intercropping can also maximize the maintenance of the crops grown, thus reducing costs. Is that so?
Let’s discuss it in the next article!
About Pandawa Agri Indonesia
Pandawa Agri Indonesia is the first life science based company from Indonesia and currently the only one company that has innovation in the development of pesticide reduction products (pesticides reductant). Starting from this innovation, Pandawa Agri Indonesia is committed to helping agricultural businesses to create an agricultural practices that is sustainable, environmentally friendly, safe for users, and also cost-efficiency.
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