Pesticide Contamination: Groundwater

Authored by: Roy F. Spalding

Encyclopedia of Natural Resources

Print publication date:  July  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9781439852583
eBook ISBN: 9781351043847
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Toxic pesticides and their transformation products are a concern from the standpoint of human health. They are also a risk to the environment in areas where contaminated groundwater enters surface water. There is a need to evaluate the environmental cost/benefit of safer product replacements used in conjunction with genetically altered crops. As new products are registered to replace more persistent and mobile pesticides, long-term fate studies on groundwater quality, including monitoring of the effect of transformation product, are necessary.

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