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The Pesticide Dilemma Chapter 23. What is a Pesticide? First-Generation Pesticides Inorganic compounds (e.g., lead, mercury) Botanicals (e.g., nicotine,

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1 The Pesticide Dilemma Chapter 23

2 What is a Pesticide? First-Generation Pesticides Inorganic compounds (e.g., lead, mercury) Botanicals (e.g., nicotine, pyrethrin) Pyrethrin is used against mosquitos Nicotine has been banned as pesticide since 2001

3 Pyrethrin is derived from chrysanthemum flowers.

4 What is a Pesticide? Second-Generation Pesticides Synthetic botanicals (e.g., pyrethroids) DDT

5 What is a Pesticide? The Major Groups of Insecticides Chlorinated hydrocarbon (e.g., DDT) Organophosphates (e.g., malathion) The chemicals in this class kill insects by disrupting their brains and nervous systems. Unfortunately, these chemicals also can harm the brains and nervous systems of animals and humans Carbamates (e.g., carbaryl)

6 SHORT-TERM HEALTH HAZARDS - The carbamate pesticides listed above are highly poisonous chemicals, with the exception of carbaryl (SEVIN), which is moderately poisonous. - All these chemicals can be absorbed through the skin, especially through cuts and scratches, so direct contact should be avoided. - Carbamates are highly irritating to the eyes. LONG-TERM HEALTH HAZARDS - Carbamates are generally not considered to be cancerous, with two exceptions. Carbaryl (SEVIN) and carbofuran (FURADAN) can mix with other elements in the stomach to form possible cancerous chemicals. - Some carbamates, such as carbofuran (FURADAN), have been shown to cause birth defects or reproduction problems in laboratory animals. Further studies are required for specific compounds. - Carbamates do not accumulate and persist in the body.

7 What is a Pesticide? The Major Kinds of Herbicides Selective herbicides (e.g., 2,4-D – kills broad-leaved plants) Nonselective herbicides (e.g., glyphosate, aka: Round-Up TM ) ame/roundup_game.html

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9 Benefits and Problems with Pesticides Benefit: Disease Control Location of malaria

10 Benefits and Problems with Pesticides Benefit: Crop production Farmers save ~$3 - $5 in crops for every $1 invested into pesticides Mo money, mo money, mo money!!!

11 Benefits and Problems with Pesticides Problem: Evolution of Genetic Resistance # of species exhibiting genetic resistance to pesticides

12 Benefits and Problems with Pesticides Problem: Evolution of Genetic Resistance Creates a pesticide treadmill Pesticide application Kills most pests Resistant survive Numbers increase New population genetically resistant EVEN MORE INCREASE

13 Benefits and Problems with Pesticides Problem: Evolution of Genetic Resistance Resistance Management Create a “refuge” (no pesticide applied) Avoid repeated use of same pesticide

14 Benefits and Problems with Pesticides Problem: Imbalances in the Ecosystem

15 California red scale was introduced into California between 1868 and 1875, apparently on citrus seedlings from Australia. The scale insect is native to Southeast Asia but has been transported on citrus seedlings to all arid and semiarid regions of the world where citrus is grown. It occurs in all of California's citrus growing areas.

16 Benefits and Problems with Pesticides Problem: Imbalances in the Ecosystem Creation of New Pests

17 Benefits and Problems with Pesticides Problem: Persistence, Bioaccumulation, and Biological Magnification Biomagnification of DDT

18 Benefits and Problems with Pesticides Problem: Mobility in the Environment

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21 Risks of Pesticides to Human Health Short-term Effects of Pesticides Handling of food with pesticide residue

22 There are two types of exposure: chronic and acute, like me!!! Move over Bowles, that’s my line!!!

23 Risks of Pesticides to Human Health Short-term Effects of Pesticides Case-in-Point: The Bhopal Disaster 40 tons of methyl isocyanate gas released 600,000 people exposed 2,500 immediately killed 2,500 more killed through time 50,000-60,000 have serious health problems

24 Risks of Pesticides to Human Health Long-term Effects of Pesticides Potentially higher risk of cancer Sterility Miscarriage / birth defects Potentially higher risk for Parkinson’s disease

25 Alternatives to Pesticides Using Cultivation Methods to Control Pests Interplant mixtures of plants Strip cutting Planting, fertilizing, and irrigating at proper time Crop rotation

26 Alternatives to Pesticides Biological Controls Using naturally occurring diseases, parasites, or predators to control a pest Pheromones and Hormones Use pheromones to attract insects to traps Synthetic hormones induce abnormal development Reproductive Controls Sterile-male technique – inundate pest population with large numbers of sterile males

27 Alternatives to Pesticides Genetic Controls Using Genetically Modified plants (GMOs) Case-in-Point: Bt, Its Potential and Problems Genetically modified corn to produce Bt toxin Potential problem: may affect non-target species, such as monarch butterfly Quarantine

28 Alternatives to Pesticides Integrated Pest Management

29 Alternatives to Pesticides Integrated Pest Management Rice Production in Indonesia IPM introduced

30 Alternatives to Pesticides Irradiating Foods Predominantly used on meats Kills many microorganisms This really makes Zombies! No listen to me, they will take over the world, they already live in the oceans!!!

31 Laws Controlling Pesticide Use Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act (1938) Pesticide Chemicals Amendment (1954) Delaney Cause (1958) Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (1947) Estimates of Risk of Cancer from Pesticide Residue

32 Laws Controlling Pesticide Use Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act (1938) Pesticide Chemicals Amendment (1954) Delaney Cause (1958) Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (1947) Food Quality Protection Act (1996)

33 The Manufacture and Use of Banned Pesticides Some US companies still make banned or seriously restricted pesticides and export the product. This can potentially lead to the importation of food tainted with banned pesticides Soylent Green is People!

34 The Manufacture and Use of Banned Pesticides The Global Ban of Persistent Organic Pollutants


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