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Biotechnological Pesticides Some bugs and insects most dont realize have jobs to do The work some bugs put in are not wanted Some bugs are left alone to do what they want while others are killed off for certain purposes Most agriculture crops spray pesticides to rid the plants and vegetables of unwanted bugs Pesticides do the job killing the insects but they kill the environment too We need to stop using pesticides and use biotechnology and genetic engineering to control pests and insects What exactly are biotechnology and genetic engineering They are the future of agriculture They are the pests specific less toxic environmentally friendly way of controlling the pests that impact on agriculture They are the best ways to boost agricultural output and still save the environment The US could have been using biotechnology as early as the late 1800s USDA entomologist CV Riley was quoted in an article written by Sean Adams for Agricultural Research In James Whortons book Before Silent Spring he describes agriculture before the Industrial Revolution He writes that farmers in the 1800s used arsenic and sulphur to stop insects and molds from harming their crops Even then it was known that arsenic caused skin lesions nausea vomiting diarrhea and swollen painful hands and feet In England in the late 1800s arsenic was found in contaminated sulphuric acid used then to make glucose for cheap beer People in the poorest classes who could only afford this cheap beer were displaying these symptoms along with neurological problems and in severe cases death As the Industrial Revolution continued more and more chemicals were available to farmers pesticides such as Malathion DDT dioxin and polychlorinated biphenyl or PCB In 1962 Silent Spring by Rachel Carson was published Ideas against pesticides had not been so publicly addressed Pesticides if their use continues unregulated are very dangerous Alligators and humans are at the top of the food chain Both unknowingly eat
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