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Beyond Silent Spring : Integrated pest management and chemical safety - H. F. Van Emden

Beyond Silent Spring

Integrated pest management and chemical safety

Hardcover Published: 30th June 1996
ISBN: 9780412728006
Number Of Pages: 320

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More than 32 years ago, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring appeared upon the scene as a landmark of literary achievement which contributed greatly to the foundation of the modern environmental movement. Rachel Carson had designed Silent Spring to shock the public into action against the misuse of chemical pesticides. More than anything else, the book also served as an ecological primer, demonstrating the interrelationship of all things and the dependence of each on a healthy environment for survival. Today, Silent Spring is generally credited with providing impetus to the whole range of anti-pollution laws that came into force in the 1970s. It is also perceived as having played a crucial role in the eventual banning of DDT as well as in the restricted use or total phasing out of the most notorious hard pesticides identified in the book. The vigorous growth of the chemical industry geared to the production of newer and ever more powerful pesticides can be traced to the introduc- tion of the organochlorine insecticide DDT in the 1940s. These pesticides were meant not only to control insects but also animal pests, disease and weeds. Initially their development was based on the belief that they would provide a definitive solution to pest and vector problems.

Industry Reviews

`The book is a splendid international overview of a problem of growing importance.' International Journal of Environmental Statics `Beyond Silent Spring gives an excellent review of IPM practices and of how pesticides can be integrated into IPM with minimum environmental risk. Ideas are also put forward for the better management of hazardous chemicals on an international level. Beyond Silent Spring is extremely well referenced with input from experts in a wide variety of disciplines. ... Beyond Silent Spring is a valuable text book in its own right. This book will be of interest to both academics and industrialists and also to anyone with an interest in environmental issues.' Integrated Pest Management Reviews, 4 (1999)

Table of acronyms
Introductionp. 1
The world of chemicalsp. 11
The integrated approachp. 37
Pressures on pesticides in IPMp. 57
Principles of IPMp. 69
The practice of pest management in developing countriesp. 167
Social and economic aspects of integrated pest management in developing countriesp. 223
Hazard assessment of persistent chemicals in the environmentp. 245
Nonpesticidal chemicals that have an impact on agriculturep. 267
The international approach to integrated pest management and life-cycle analysis of chemicalsp. 289
A look into the futurep. 301
Indexp. 307
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ISBN: 9780412728006
ISBN-10: 0412728001
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 30th June 1996
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 1.46