© 1993

The Pesticide Question

Environment, Economics, and Ethics

  • Editors
  • David Pimentel
  • Hugh Lehman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hugh Lehman
      Pages 3-9
  3. Social and Environmental Effects of Pesticides

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Clive A. Edwards
      Pages 13-46
    3. David Pimentel, H. Acquay, M. Biltonen, P. Rice, M. Silva, J. Nelson et al.
      Pages 47-84
    4. David Pimentel, Colleen Kirby, Anoop Shroff
      Pages 85-105
    5. Thomas W. Culliney, David Pimentel, Marcia H. Pimentel
      Pages 126-150
  4. Methods and Effects of Reducing Pesticide Use

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. David Pimentel, Lori McLaughlin, Andrew Zepp, Benyamin Lakitan, Tamara Kraus, Peter Kleinman et al.
      Pages 223-278
  5. Government Policy and Pesticide Use

  6. History, Public Attitudes, and Ethics in Regard to Pesticide Use

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345

About this book


Pesticides have contributed impressively to our present-day agricultural productivity, but at the same time they are at the center 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.


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