Human Health: Pesticides

Authored by: Kelsey Hart , David Pimentel

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-100000599

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Abstract

Our present levels and methods of pesticide use present significant public health dangers and concerns. However, the abrupt and complete cessation of synthetic pesticide use is not without substantial costs of its own. Clearly, it is essential that all the costs and benefits—economic, environmental, and social/health—of pesticide use be considered when current and future pest control programs are being developed and evaluated. Our current methods of chemical pesticide use need to be reconsidered and evaluated with the public health effects and the related economic costs in mind, toward the goal of the development of sound, sustainable pest management practices that maximize the benefits of pesticide use while at the same time minimizing the adverse effects that pesticides can have on human health.

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