Avoiding the dangers of pesticides
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CTA. 1989. Avoiding the dangers of pesticides. Spore 24. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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'Pesticides: Composition, Use and Hazards' by Wilma Arendse, Koen den Braber, Inge van Halder, Inge Hoogerbrugge, Marleen Kramer, Harold van der Valk, Agrodok 29 1989, 56pp plus appendices. Available from: Agromisa - PO Box 41 - 6700 AA Wageningen THE
CTA has financed the most recent translation into English of an Agrodok booklet 'Pesticides: Composition, use and Hazards'. It is longer than most Agrodok booklets: 66 pages of text plus a 19-page appendix on trade names and their active ingredients, 12 pages on the properties of the active ingredients, nine pages on trade marks, and a fourth appendix of conversion tables of weights and measures. In all developing countries chemical products are used to control pests and diseases. This booklet has been written to prevent the unpleasant or tragic consequences that can arise if they are used incorrectly. It provides information about the various pesticides used to control diseases or pests in crops, gives guidelines for their safe use, and states the measures to be taken in the event of poisoning. The compilers are at pains to point out that chemical control is only one of the ways of suppressing or controlling diseases, pests, and weeds. It is often expensive and may not be the most appropriate means for the job in hand. These provisos apart, the booklet is concise but comprehensive. Chapter 1 gives general information on pesticides. Chapter 2 examines the dangers of pesticides to man and the environment. In Chapter 3 advice is offered on their safe use - reading label information, protective clothing, hygiene, maintenance of spraying equipment, disposing of left-overs and storing. Chapter 4 deals with the symptoms and treatment of pesticide poisoning. Throughout, the diagrams, line drawings, reproduction of warning symbols and pictograms and illustrations are clear and helpful. 'Pesticides: Composition, Use and Hazards' by Wilma Arendse, Koen den Braber, Inge van Halder, Inge Hoogerbrugge, Marleen Kramer, Harold van der Valk, Agrodok 29 1989, 56pp plus appendices. Available from: Agromisa - PO Box 41 - 6700 AA Wageningen THE NETHERLANDS