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Environmental Pollution by Pesticides

  • C. A. Edwards

Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. C. A. Edwards
    Pages 1-9
  3. D. G. Finlayson, H. R. MacCarthy
    Pages 57-86
  4. A. R. Thompson
    Pages 87-133
  5. S. R. Kerr, W. P. Vass
    Pages 134-180
  6. D. W. Johnson
    Pages 181-212
  7. A. V. Holden
    Pages 213-253
  8. L. F. Stickel
    Pages 254-312
  9. J. E. Davies
    Pages 313-333
  10. R. E. Duggan, M. B. Duggan
    Pages 334-364
  11. G. A. Wheatley
    Pages 365-408
  12. C. A. Edwards
    Pages 409-458
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 515-542

About this book

Introduction

The persistent organic pesticides have saved millions of lives by controlling human disease vectors and by greatly increasing the yields of agricultural crops. However, in recent years man has become ever more conscious of the way in which his environment is becoming increasingly polluted by chemicals that may harm plants, animals or even himself. Amongst these chemicals the organochlorine insecticides have been well to the fore as a major cause of anxiety to ecologists, not only because they persist so long, but also because of the readiness with which they are taken up into the bodies of living organisms, especially the fatty tissues of both animals and humans. The extent and seriousness of the potential hazards due to these chemicals still remains to be fully defined. Our information on the occur­ rence of residues in the various parts of the environment is very uneven and localized. For instance, whereas we have a great deal of data on residues in North America, we know virtually nothing about the extent of pesticide contamination in Africa, South America and much of Asia, although large amounts of organochlorine insecticides have been used in these areas.

Keywords

environment environmental pollution pollution

Editors and affiliations

  • C. A. Edwards
    • 1
  1. 1.Rothamsted Experimental StationHarpenden, HertfordshireEngland

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