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Amounts of pesticides reaching target pests: environmental impacts and ethics

By D. Pimentel

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Abstract

An examination of published work on arthropod pests, pathogens and weeds of crops indicated that less than 0.1% of pesticides applied for pest control reach their target pests. Thus, more than 99.9% of pesticides used move into the environment where they adversely affect public health and beneficial biota, and contaminate soil, water, and the atmosphere of the ecosystem. Improved pesticide application technologies can improve pesticide use efficiency and protect public health and the environment.

Date 1995
Publication Title Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics
Volume 8
Issue 1
Pages 17-29
ISBN/ISSN 0893-4282
Language English
Author Address Department of Entomology, Comstock Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-0901, USA.
Tags
  1. Agriculture
  2. Applications
  3. Atmosphere
  4. Chemicals
  5. Ecosystems
  6. Environment
  7. Ethics
  8. Goals
  9. Herbicides
  10. Insecticides
  11. Mammals
  12. nontarget effects
  13. objectives
  14. pest control
  15. Pesticides and Drugs
  16. Pests.
  17. pollution
  18. Primates
  19. Public health
  20. residues
  21. soil
  22. targets
  23. technology
  24. toxicity
  25. water
  26. weed control
  27. Weeds and noxious plants
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