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Transcript Pesticides

Pesticides Pro and Con
Kill unwanted pests that
carry disease (rats,
mosquitoes, Tse-Tse
Increase food supplies
More food means food is
less expensive
Effective and fast-acting
Newer pesticides are
safer, more specific
Reduces labor costs on
Food looks better
Agriculture is more
Accumulate in food chain
Pests develop resistance –
500 species so far
Resistance creates
pesticide treadmill
Estimates are $5-10 in
damage done for $1 spent
on pesticide
Pesticide runoff
Destroy bees - $200
Threaten endangered
Affect egg shell of birds
5% or less actually reach
~20,000 human
Types of Pesticides
Biological – Ladybugs, parasitic wasps, etc.
 Carbamates effect nervous system of pests
more water soluble than chlorinated
– Aldicarb, aminocarb, carbaryl (Sevin),
carbofuran, Mirex
 Chlorinated Hydrocarbons affect nervous
system –
– Aldrin, Chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, lindane
and paradichlorobenzene
 Fumigants are used to sterilize soil and
prevent grain infestation
Types of Pesticides
 Inorganic
– arsenic, copper, lead,
– Highly toxic and bioaccumulation
 Organic
or natural – derived from
plants such as tobacco and
 Organophosphates – extremely toxic,
low persistence
– Malathion, parthion, chlophyrifos,
acepate, propetamphos and trichlofon
Chlorinated Hydrocarbons
 Affect
the nervous system of pest
 Remain in ecosystem 15+ years
 Prevent malaria
 Carbamates
effect nervous system of
 More water soluble than chlorinated
hydrocarbons – which means greater
risks of dissolving in surface water or
percolating into groundwater
 100 grams has the same effect as
2,000 grams chlorinated hydrocarbons
 Examples: Aldicarb, aminocarb,
carbaryl (Sevin), carbofuran, Mirex
Potato growers on eastern Long Island used
Aldicarb from 1975 – 1979 to control the
Colorado potato beetle and the golden
nematode. In 1979, Aldicarb residues were
detected in well water. Subsequent testing
found more than 2,000 wells with very high
concentrations. It was banned in New York.
In 1984 areas with deep wells were found to have
increased levels from 1979 levels. 1400 wells
are still contaminated above state guidelines.
Aldicard has been found in groundwater in 26
other states.
Methyl Bromide was banned in
2005 due to it’s damage to the
ozone layer.
Gaseous pesticides use
to sterilize soil and
prevent pest
infestation of stored
Used on grain weevils,
beetles and moth
Comparable to “mustard
gases” used in WWII.
Phosphine is the most
popular today – others
were tied to
contaminated (toxic)
bread and grain
Broad-based pesticides.
Includes arsenic, copper, lead,
Highly toxic and accumulates in the
Organic or Natural Pesticides
Natural poisons derived from plants
such as tobacco or chrysanthemum.
 Ingredients: Contains 2 ingredients, azadirachtin
(AZA0 and liminoids, both from the seed kernels of
the neem tree fruit.
 Application: Sprayed onto plant leaves.
 How It Works: Upsets the insects hormonal system
and prevents it from developing to its mature stage.
Most effective on immature insects and species that
undergo complete metamorphosis.
 Pros: Non-toxic to humans
 Cons: Washes away in rain. Slow acting. Breaks down
in sunlight Indiscriminate pesticide
 Precautions: Keep pets from treated leaves until
they dry.
Organic Pesticides
 Ingredients: Derived from Chrysanthemum
 Application: Generally found in powder form
and dusted on leaves.
 How It Works: Poisons the insect, causing a
quick death
 Pros: Quick acting. Low toxicity to animals.
Degrades within a day.
 Cons: Broad spectrum insecticide. Kills any
insect. Very toxic to honeybees
 Precautions: Use cautiously, only when you
have a major problem with hard-to-kill insects.
Organic or Natural Pesticides
 Ingredients: Derived from the roots of tropical
 Application: Dust onto plant
 How It Works: Inhibits a cellular process,
depriving insects of oxygen in their tissue cells.
 Pros: Low residual effect. Breaks down quickly
in sunlight.
 Cons: Broad spectrum pesticide
 Precautions: Apply in the evening, when bees
are less active.
Malathion and Parthion
 Extremely toxic but only remains in
the environment for a brief amount
of time.
 Effects the central nervous system
by interfering with the enzyme
Biological Pest Control
A knowledgeable gardener knows that each of
those cocoons will hatch into a beneficial
parasitic wasp - an organic control for more
than just horn worms.