What are pesticides? Well they are exactly what they sound like -chemicals that kill pests or disrupt pest populations. There are different types of pesticides that are grouped based on what they are made of and how they work.
Synthetic pesticides are made in a lab and sold by a chemical company. These types of pesticides have been used since WWII. Overtime they have become more pest specific and they have also had lower toxicity levels to make them less damaging to the environment.
Organic pesticides are products of living organisms. These are chemicals used by plants and microbes to protect themselves from parasites and pathogens. They are typically lower in toxicity however, “organic” does not necessarily equal environmentally safer than non-organic pesticides.
Inorganic pesticides are minerals that are mined from the earth and turned into a fine powder. They work as a poison or by physically interfering with pests. They typically have somewhat low toxicity levels and have minimal effect on the environment.
Biorational pesticides refer to synthetic, organic, and inorganic pesticides that are low in toxicity, very low in environmental damage, and have minimal effects on pests that are not intended to be harmed.
Secret: Glyphosate is the #1 pesticide used in the United States. It has been linked to serious health issues such as birth defects, neurological disorders, fertility issues, and cancer.
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