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Pesticides

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Background

  • The general term "pesticide" includes herbicides, fungicides, rodenticides, insecticides, and other categories of substances designed to stop unwanted growth. Pesticides and herbicides are designed to kill pests (and plants that are considered pests), but their toxic effects may have unplanned impacts on harmless and even useful organisms, and may be harmful to human health.
  • To produce the various pesticides in use, thousands of active ingredients are used in tens of thousands of combinations for many purposes. The most common use of pesticides is in agriculture.
  • Because of widespread use, traces of pesticides may be found in water, land, and air, as well as in the bodies of animals and humans.
  • Sales of pesticides have decreased in industrialized nations but are growing rapidly in developing countries. The worldwide market increased from $41 billion in 2007 to $52 billion in 2008, a record increase.
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Types of Pesticides

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Technique

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Theory/Evidence

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Health Impact/Safety

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Future Research or Applications

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References

Natural Standard developed the above evidence-based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to www.naturalstandard.com. Selected references are listed below.

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