Misuse of agricultural chemicals

Other Names:
Misuse of poisons in agriculture
Excessive use of toxic products in farming
Abuse of agrochemicals

Modern agriculture is almost entirely reliant on agricultural chemicals for its levels of productivity. Short-term gains can often be made by over-application or misuse of these chemicals, causing potential long-term damage to the immediate land and neighbouring ecosystems.


Agrochemicals are chemical substances used in agricultural production including herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and plant growth regulators; it also includes chemical fertilizers.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
15.05.2019 – 21:25 CEST