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BannedA History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology$
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Frederick Rowe Davis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300205176

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300205176.001.0001

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Epilogue Risk, Benefit, and Uncertainty

Epilogue Risk, Benefit, and Uncertainty

(p.221) Epilogue Risk, Benefit, and Uncertainty

Frederick Rowe Davis

Yale University Press

This chapter examines neonicotinoids, synthesized compounds from nicotine and related insecticidal compounds. Agricultural usage of neonicitinoids exploded when the EPA cancelled the registrations of many organophosphates. In 2013, neonicotinoids surpassed organophosphates as the most widely used insecticides in the world. Neonicotinoids provided agribusiness with alternatives, but ones that may contaminate ecosystems and threaten nontarget organisms, including bees and birds.

Keywords:   agricultural insecticides, nicotine, neonicitinoids, DDT, Rachel Carson, EPA

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