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A Review on Adverse Effects of Herbicides and Pesticides on Environment

P K Sastry


Pesticides can contaminate soil, water, turf, and other vegetation. Insecticides are generally the most acutely toxic class of pesticides, but herbicides can also pose risks to non-target organisms. The environment includes all of the living and non-living things that surround us, including the air, water, plants, soil and wildlife. Pesticides can be helpful in dealing with pests in our environment such as controlling invasive plant species that threaten native habitats. Pesticides and fertilizers can harm public health and the environment. Many pesticides contain potentially toxic chemicals that can cause negative health effects such as cancer and neurological and reproductive disorders. In addition, pesticides can migrate into lakes and streams as they are swept away when it rains.

Keywords: agrochemicals, environment, harmful effects, health effects, pesticides

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