Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 17–29

Amounts of pesticides reaching target pests: Environmental impacts and ethics

  • David Pimentel

DOI: 10.1007/BF02286399

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


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.



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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Pimentel
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  1. 1.Department of Entomology Comstock HallCornell UniversityIthacaUSA