PESTICIDES: Then, Now and Their Transition into Artificial Biology
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 – 1:00-3:00PM Pacific
(2-4pm Mountain; 3-5pm Central, 4-6pm Eastern)
“Poison’s My Game ….. What’s Yours®” with Dr. Hildy® - Series
Pesticides are chemicals designed to kill a variety of pests, such as weeds, insects, rodents, and fungi. They can be characterized on the basis of function—insecticide, herbicide, rodenticide, fungicide, and others—and on the basis of chemical class. Insecticides accounted for nearly 25% of reported pesticide use in California in the late 1990s.
Though there many classes of pesticides, organochlorines such as DDT and dieldrin, are largely banned for use in the U.S., although some are still used. Widely used in the 1960s and 1970s, organochlorines are acutely toxic and very persistent in the environment. Many have been shown to be carcinogens, reproductive toxicants, or both.
The recent push towards organic and “safe” foods has been partly due to a backlash of citizens concerned about the toxicity of these pesticides and how much of that is unintentionally getting into the foods they are designed to protect. MORE>> http://onecellonelightradio.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/dr-hildy-pesticides-then-now/