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Environmental and Economic Benefits of Reducing Pesticide Use

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Pesticides cause serious public health problems and considerable damage to agricultural and natural ecosystems. We confirm previous reports that it is feasible to reduce pesticide use by 50 % or more. The Swedish Government achieved a 61 % reduction in pesticide use and the Indonesian Government achieved a 65 % reduction in pesticide use without a reduction in crop yields. In fact in Indonesia the result of the reduction in pesticide use was a 12 % increase in rice yield.

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  • Pesticides
  • Environment
  • Agriculture
  • Foods
  • Economic benefits

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We wish to express our sincere gratitude to the Cornell Association of Professors Emeriti for the partial support of our research through the Albert Podell Grant Program.

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Pimentel, D., Burgess, M. (2014). Environmental and Economic Benefits of Reducing Pesticide Use. In: Pimentel, D., Peshin, R. (eds) Integrated Pest Management. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7796-5_5

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