Moldova's communist-era environmental legacy, like that
many other former Soviet republics, is one of
degradation. Agricultural practices such as overuse of
pesticides, herbicides, and artificial fertilizers were
to increase agricultural output at all costs, without
the consequences. As a result, Moldova's soil and
were contaminated by lingering chemicals, some of which
(including DDT) have been banned in the West.
Such practices continue in Moldova to the present day.
early 1990s, per hectare use of pesticides in Moldova
approximately twenty times that of other former Soviet
and Western nations. In addition, poor farming methods,
destroying forests to plant vineyards, have contributed to
extensive soil erosion to which the country's rugged
is already prone.
Data as of June 1995