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The benefits of pesticides to mankind and the environment

The benefits of pesticides to mankind and the environment

Cooper, Jerry and Dobson, Hans (2007) The benefits of pesticides to mankind and the environment. Crop Protection, 26 (9). pp. 1337-1348. ISSN 0261-2194 (doi:10.1016/j.cropro.2007.03.022)

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Abstract

Most published material relating to pesticides focuses on negative attributes and outcomes. This fact probably partly explains the public’s inaccurate perception of the hazard they represent, and the low level of appreciation of the benefits they bring. This paper explores and analyses the many benefits of using pesticides, in order to inform a more balanced view. It does not attempt to quantify or
rank these benefits, nor to weigh them against any negative consequences of pesticide use. Twenty-six primary benefits are identified that are immediate and incontrovertible, and 31 secondary benefits that are longer term, less intuitive and for which it is harder to establish causality. These benefits include increased crop and livestock yields, improved food safety, human health, quality of life and longevity, and reduced drudgery, energy use and environmental degradation. A complex matrix of benefit interactions are explored for a range of
beneficiaries at three main levels—local, national and global, and in three main domains—social, economic and environmental

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: pesticide, application, effect, primary benefit, secondary benefit, risk, beneficiary, agriculture, public health, economy, pests, diseases
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
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Last Modified: 11 Nov 2011 12:06
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/2368

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