Where pesticides go
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CTA. 2003. Where pesticides go. Spore 103. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Ecological monitoring methods for the assessment of pesticide impact in the tropics Edited by I F Grant & C C D Tingle, NRI CTA DFID, 2002. 276 pp. ISBN 0 85954 543 1 CTA number 1100. 80 credit points
Seemingly silently, we have entered the era of standards. When crops, meats, fruits or dairy products do not meet standards such as minimum levels of chemical residues of insecticides or herbicides, they are becoming more difficult to sell on the local market, and well nigh impossible on many export markets. Trade aside, it is also good to know what is in your food and equally important what is not. How to monitor the production process to meet these standards is just one side of the coin. Agrochemicals often disperse beyond their targeted area, and end up as contaminants in soils, water, air and other plants. Studying these systematically is a relatively new area in agricultural science, known as ecotoxicology. The handbook Ecological monitoring methods includes specialist chapters on ecotoxicology and method sheets for practical sampling. The condition of soil, air and water and the amounts of insects, fish and other fauna in an area all provide indicators of agrochemical usage and accurate data about pesticide impact. For anyone in a public body or an NGO working for a sound combination of agriculture, public health and environment, this is an important book. Ecological monitoring methods for the assessment of pesticide impact in the tropics Edited by I F Grant & C C D Tingle, NRI CTA DFID, 2002. 276 pp. ISBN 0 85954 543 1 CTA number 1100. 80 credit points