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Pesticides: Benefits and Risks

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Publication Number: P1962
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Modern technology, including the use of pesticides to control insects, weeds, and disease-inducing agents, enables food production to support the world population of 7 billion people. The starvation occurring in much of Africa is tragic evidence that the population cannot survive or suffers from severe malnutrition when agricultural systems fail. The American Heritage Dictionary defines malnutrition as “suffering from improper nutrition, especially because of insufficient or poorly balanced diet.” Without the use of pesticides, food production would be further reduced and the number of individuals suffering from malnutrition would increase.

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Portrait of Dr. John D. Byrd, Jr.
Extension/Research Professor
Weed Scientist/Weed Control - Agronomic and Horticultural Crops and noncropland