Although chemical pesticides safeguard crops and improve farm productivity, they are increasingly feared for their potentially dangerous residues and their effects on ecosystems.
The Future Role of Pesticides explores the role of chemical pesticides in the decade ahead and identifies the most promising opportunities for increasing the benefits and reducing the risks of pesticide use. The committee recommends R&D, program, and policy initiatives for federal agriculture authorities and other stakeholders in the public and private sectors. This book presents clear overviews of key factors in chemical pesticide use, including:
- Advances in genetic engineering not only of pest-resistant crops but also of pests themselves.
- Problems in pesticide use--concerns about the health of agricultural workers, the ability of pests to develop resistance, issues of public perception, and more.
- Impending shifts in agriculture--globalization of the economy, biological "invasions" of organisms, rising sensitivity toward cross-border environmental issues, and other trends.
With a model and working examples, this book offers guidance on how to assess various pest control strategies available to today's agriculturist.
"...a very thorough and well-balanced analysis of risks and benefits of pesticides in the US agriculture. ... This book will serve as a valuable source of information for academic and research institutions, people engaged in crop production and protection and for those responsible for developing regulations to protect human health or environment everywhere."
-- Agricultural Science, 2001
"Authoritative and highly detailed, amply illustrating the complexities of pesticide use."
-- Future Survey, May 2001
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