Reader Letter: Chemical industries are having a devastating impact on nature

PUBLISHED: 10:42 11 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:33 17 August 2018

Foxley Wood, which is hosting a mini-beast hunt on May 30

Foxley Wood, which is hosting a mini-beast hunt on May 30 Photo: IAN BURT


One reader thinks chemical industries are acting irresponsibly by facilitating the blanket extermination of insects. Do you agree?

On the evening of June 4 three members of the delightful Brook Street Band performed some glorious Handel music to a large and enthusiastic audience at Oxnead Hall.

Meanwhile another very different concert was taking place overhead as the sky was filled with the excited chattering calls of over 50 house martins very likely feeding on a newly hatched swarm of flying ants. A common enough sight 20 years ago but now quite rare as house martin and other insectivorous bird numbers have crashed mainly due to the massive decline in insects caused by the widespread use of chemical sprays.

There is now overwhelming evidence that the blanket killing of farmland insects is not only disastrous for the environment but there are actually better ways of control such as encouraging natural predators which can be cheaper in the long term. As is so often the case, research on alternatives is strongly resisted by the powerful chemical industries just as debate about the obesity crisis is manipulated by the sugar industry. So the catastrophic losses of insectivorous and farmland birds will go on until nature wins the chemical war and the poisons are finally banned.

But the question that really puzzles me in all these environmental matters is “Do the people who run these global poison businesses not care about the future of their children?”

Do you agree with our reader? Do you the chemical companies should change their ways? Let us know in the comments below or write to us at

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