We are aware of the problem of pesticide residues problem on the vegetables that we consume daily and therefore we are determined to renounce the use of pesticides. However, if we do not use pesticides, we are like giving up on planting vegetables. As a farmer, it is not an easy decision to stop using pesticides for pest control. As when pesticide is used, it is equivalent to grow the vegetables for the insects to harvest. Not using proper pesticides in farming is not as simple as affecting the production yield, it can cause huge capital lost and ultimate full of debt to bear. Malaysia is a fast growing country, people can easily earn a living in many industries beside farming. However, farmers in low-income countries are less fortunate. For example in India, every week there are farmers committing suicide in 2017. This is because normally farmers would not have enough modal to start farming, most of the modal are coming from loans. If the available startup modal is not sufficient to buy pesticides, pest will get out of control, it is very cruel for witnessing the pests destroy all the crops but nothing can be done to fix this. When farmers get no harvest, they will be no ability to return loans and some of them choose to end the problem by committing suicide. Everyday we are eating fruits and vegetables, but who would understand the sad truth behind it? Behind every fresh and delicious vegetables is the war between human and insects. If the worms victory, the farmer dies; if the farmers win, the vegetables is full of pesticides residue.
There is a saying in farming industry: “Without pest controlling with pesticides, it’s better not to plant them.” Yes, no farmer is willing to take the risk, not only the farmer, most of us when coming to the matter of money or income, we will never do anything that will “sacrifices ourselves and benefit others”. Thus, farmer got no choice but to use pesticides, and indirectly all of us are eating pesticides for every vegetables we eat, which is inevitable.
At Merry Farm, we choose to walk out from the farm and give presentation everywhere to raise awareness of this. We shared the process, type, and flow of pesticide use by farmers and the harm of pesticide residues to out bodies. We encourage everyone to join us and promote “plant your own vegetables” program. Eating homegrown vegetables not only saves our money but most importantly it is also safe and non-toxic.