A few decades ago, food grain production surged ahead with the onset of the green revolution. After experiencing famines, droughts and extreme food shortages in poor countries, fertilizers were considered a boon to agricultural production. Pesticides too substantially reduced the loss of crop production by destroying vermin that fed on crops.
Today, the rampant use of fertilizers and pesticides has taken its toll on human health and the environment. More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than