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The Pesticide Question : Environment, Economics and Ethics - David Pimentel

The Pesticide Question

Environment, Economics and Ethics

By: David Pimentel (Editor), Hugh Lehman (Editor)

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Published: 30th April 1993
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Pesticides have contributed impressively to our present-day agricultural productivity, but at the same time they are at the centre of serious concerns about safety, health and the environment. Increasingly, the public wonders whether the benefits of pesticides - the perfect red apple - "outweigh the costs of environmental pollution, human illness, and the destruction of animals and our habitat". Scientists and government officials are suspected of promoting commercial interests rather than protecting human welfare. This volume is the result of more than a year's study by leading scientists and policy experts who address the environmental, economic, ethical and health issues related to pesticides. In examining the social policies related to pesticide use, they consider the risks as well as the benefits. They show that to regain public trust, those who regulate and use pesticides must examine fair ethical questions and take appropriate action to protect public welfare, health and the environment. Anyone concerned with reducing our reliance on chemical pesticides and with how human activities can remain both productive and environmentally sound should find this volume of interest in a troubling debate. This book should be of interest to ecologists and environmentalists.

`A comprehensive discussion of the pesticide policy debate.' Ecos `...useful, in places, as a source of information and is certainly stimulating.' Journal of Applied Toxicology `... a useful presentation of the problems connected with pesticide use.' Journal of Pesticide Reform

Contributors
Preface
Introduction
New Directions for Pesticide Usep. 3
Social and Environmental Effects of Pesticides
The Impact of Pesticides on the Environmentp. 13
Assessment of Environmental and Economic Impacts of Pesticide Usep. 47
The Relationship Between 'Cosmetic Standards' for Foods and Pesticide Usep. 85
Risk of Pesticide-Related Health Effects: An Epidemiologic Approachp. 106
Pesticides and Natural Toxicants in Foodsp. 126
Methods and Effects of Reducing Pesticide Use
Socioeconomic Impacts and Social implications of Reducing Pesticide and Agricultural Chemical Use in the United Statesp. 153
Swedish Pesticide Policy in a Changing Environmentp. 182
Reducing Pesticide Use by 50% in the Province of Ontario: Challenges and Progressp. 206
Environmental and Economic Impacts of Reducing U.S. Agricultural Pesticide Usep. 223
Government Policy and Pesticide Use
Government Policies That Encourage Pesticide Use in the United Statesp. 281
Pesticide Use Trends and issues in the United Statesp. 309
Alar: The EPA's Mismanagement of an Agricultural Chemicalp. 337
History, Public Attitudes, and Ethics in Regard to Pesticide Use
Values, Ethics, and the Use of Synthetic Pesticide in Agriculturep. 347
Growing Public Concern Over Pesticides in Food and Waterp. 380
Pesticides: Historical Changes Demand Ethical Choicesp. 390
The Benefits and Risks of Pesticides: Two Views
Seeking a Balanced Perspectivep. 421
Increasing Public Concernp. 426
Indexp. 431
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ISBN: 9780412035814
ISBN-10: 0412035812
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 442
Published: 30th April 1993
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.82