Field poisons are usually chemical agents that are sprayed onto the fields, especially when cultivating crops to protect them against insects or plants. Many of these remedies cause devastating damage to the environment, because their effects are not only limited to the target organisms (which are also important and part of the food chain), but also to many other organisms.

This leads to severe damage to biodiversity, as the direct killing of insects creates gaps in the food chain for other animal species (such as birds) and destroys habitats of many insects.

Some of the pesticides are suspected to cause developmental delays in children, cancer and endocrine disruptors. Currently the most widely discussed crop protection products are glyphosate (which can damage biodiversity and probably cause cancer in humans) and neonicotinoids (which are responsible for the massive death of insects, especially pollinators).

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