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Amounts of pesticides reaching target pests: environmental impacts and ethics

By D. Pimentel

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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.
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  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. peer-reviewed
  15. pest control
  16. Pesticides and Drugs
  17. Pests.
  18. pollution
  19. Primates
  20. Public health
  21. residues
  22. soil
  23. targets
  24. technology
  25. toxicity
  26. water
  27. weed control
  28. Weeds and noxious plants
  1. peer-reviewed