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A Deadly Effect More than a quarter million American children ages one through five ingest a combination of 20 different pesticides every day pmacnetpestprophtml That means 250000 children in the United States are eating pesticides daily Pesticides have been a problem since Rachael Carson opened the eyes of millions of American readers with her book Silent Spring People and wildlife are exposed to many pesticides every day through food water and their surrounding environments Even though the purpose of these chemicals is to kill insects they cause damage to other organisms like crops in the process Drift which is the physical movement of a pesticide through air at the time of application or soon thereafter to any site other than that intended for application often referred to as off-target entwebclemsonedupesticidsaftyeddriftishtm occurs Runoff of the chemicals into local aquatic systems also causes damage to wildlife Basically pesticides are hurting our environment more than they are helping it In this paper I will compare and contrast three articles Smart Spray Practices by Robert E Wolf- Croplife Public Health Benefits by Using Pesticides by Jerome Goddardo- Pest Control Technology and Sprayer Use in Cameroon by Baleguel Nkot- International Pest Control Smart Spray Practices by Robert E Wolf- Croplife is from a magazine which emphasizes farm technology It explains basic tips on how to reduce drift when spraying crops Drift is the leftover pesticide that wanders away from the target and into other habitats such as ponds lakes and forests thus contaminating water and wildlife in neighboring ecosystems The article explains how wind is a factor in determining where the pesticide must be sprayed as it might carry the chemicals into local wildlife Temperature also needs to be taken into consideration At high temperatures chemicals are more susceptible to evaporation and can be released into the air causing damage to the ozone Wolf acknowledges that there is damage done by pesticides and by explaining how to
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