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Should we be concerned with the extensive use of pesticides by farmers I believe we should be aware of the consequences of pesticide use The more we are exposed to pesticides the greater the risk there is to the environment and our health They are responsible for many environmental problems such as water pollution soil degradation and insect resistance I will look at all the environmental impacts caused by pesticide use But what led to the rise of the use of pesticides Tremendous increase in crop production profits and pest control due to pesticide use are some of the reasons for this increase There are many theories which explain the rise of pesticides and the influence pesticides have had on land use decisions by farmers I will discuss several theories that try and explain this Farmers have moved towards different farming techniques such as massive production of a single crop instead of the traditional style of producing several crops Techniques such as these have resulted from the use of pesticides An example of all this is in the Philippines The government in the Philippines has given considerable attention to the environmental and health impacts of pesticides and has implemented strategies to decrease the impacts Many empirical studies have been done on the Philippines and I will look at several of these Lastly I will discuss the future research of pesticides and how we are looking towards a decrease in the use of pesticides and how the amount of pesticide use has decreased in the past twenty years But firstly I will explain what a pesticide is What exactly is a pesticide Well pesticides are chemicals that kill or suppress pests There are three main types of pesticides herbicides insecticides and fungicides Herbicides are the type of pesticides that act against weeds while insecticides act against insects and fungicides act against fungi Reuveni 1995 There are two classes of pesticides organic and inorganic All pesticides are
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