Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 17–29

Amounts of pesticides reaching target pests: Environmental impacts and ethics

Authors

  • David Pimentel
    • Department of Entomology Comstock HallCornell University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02286399

Cite this article as:
Pimentel, D. J Agric Environ Ethics (1995) 8: 17. doi:10.1007/BF02286399

Abstract

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.

Keywords

pesticidespeststargetsapplicationtechnologyagricultureenvironment

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