An Increasing Public Concern

  • Robert L. Metcalf


The judicious use of modern pesticides is an important adjunct to modern agriculture and public health. None of us is eager to return to the standards of the Middle Ages when life had its full share of wormy apples and weevily biscuits, virtually everyone was lousy, and fleas and bedbugs were constant bedtime companions. The discovery of DDT, BHC and 2,4-D during the Second World War gave promise for greatly enhanced agricultural productivity, of banishing such villains as the house fly, the cockroach, the bedbug, and the louse, and of eradicating the scourges of malaria, typhus, and yellow fever.


Integrate Pest Management Heptachlor Epoxide Peregrine Falcon Organochlorine Insecticide Persistent Organochlorine 
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© Routledge, Chapman & Hall, Inc. 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert L. Metcalf
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  1. 1.Department of EntomologyUniversity of IllinoisUrbana

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