Today’s Pesticides Safer than You Think

Pesticides: Probably Less Scary Than You Imagine,” By Steve Savage
The word “pesticide” conjures up negative, scary images. These images come from old organophosphate insecticides of the 1960s that killed fish and birds and caused farm worker illness. These are sorely outdated images. What most people don’t know is how much safer the new generations of pesticides are. In fact, scores of old materials have been withdrawn from the market or banned long ago. The new products are mostly compounds with extremely low mammalian toxicity and benign environmental profiles. Today’s pesticides are not your grandfather’s or even your father’s pesticides. Read the full article on Science 2.0.

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