For thousands of years, human enterprises have been frustrated by what we call "pests." What are pests, and why do we want to control them?
Different methods are used to control agricultural pests. What are the basic philosophies behind these methods?
As new and more effective pesticides like DDT were employed, some serious problems began to appear. What are the problems resulting from the use of chemical pesticides?
There are alternatives to using pesticides to control pests. How well do alternative control methods work?
Biotechnology has revolutionized many biological applications. How does biotechnology add to the battery of genetic methods to control pests?
As illustrated in the chapter opening, integrated pest management is an important way to reduce pesticide use. What is integrated pest management, and how has it worked?
Insects, plant pathogens, and weeds destroy an estimated 37% of potential agricultural production in the United States. What are the economic implications of such losses for the nation?
Insect pests such as desert locusts are a major threat to food resources in Africa and Asia. How do these pests affect poverty, hunger, and food security in developing countries?
Public policy for controlling pesticides has been revised. What are the objectives of current policy, and how do they correct past problems?
Large quantities of pesticides are exported to developing countries. How is pesticide export and use in developing countries regulated?