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.
|Publication Title||Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics|
|Author Address||Department of Entomology, Comstock Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-0901, USA.|