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Pesticides: The Big Picture

Humans have been farming for 10,000 years. It was just about 60 years ago that we started industrializing agriculture in the U.S. and around the world. After World War II, chemical companies needed a market for wartime inventions and pesticides were put to work in the fields. In the decades that followed, trade and development policy — coupled with savvy marketing by chemical companies — effectively developed an entire model of industrial agriculture.

Today, pesticides touch every aspect of our lives, from residues on our produce to increased chronic disease to biodiversity loss. It's time for a dramatic shift in our food and farming system.

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Industrial agriculture is neither inevitable nor efficient. More to the point, it can't be sustained.


All too often, pesticide corporations distort information to make their products seem safe and necessary — but they’re not.


Pesticides are used all around us, in homes and gardens, schools, parks and agricultural fields.

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Medha Chandra's picture

Are pesticides needed to feed the world?

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Last fall, the U.S.

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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman's picture

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama took the long view, focusing on the future and naming several critical arenas for change.

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