The Charles Telfair Centre recently published an article written Nitin Rughoonauth, about the use of pesticides in Mauritius.

It sketches a sobering state of affairs: despite the efforts through legislation and trainings, Mauritius figures in the top of the list of countries that used the most pesticides in 2018 (according to the latest report from the FAO – the Food and Agriculture Organization).

Given the scarcity of research on the impact of continued overuse of pesticides on the environment and people’s health on the island, it is urgent to raise awareness about the possible implications of this issue so we can find ways to avert a major ecological disaster. In this article, Nitin Rughoonauth enquires about the environmental and health impact of pesticides overuse in Mauritius and proposes some possible ways forward.