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Benefits and Costs of Pesticide Use in U. S. Food Production

David Pimentel, John Krummel, David Gallahan, Judy Hough, Alfred Merrill, Ilse Schreiner, Pat Vittum, Fred Koziol, Ephraim Back, Doreen Yen and Sandy Fiance
BioScience
Vol. 28, No. 12 (Dec., 1978), pp. 772+778-784
DOI: 10.2307/1307251
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1307251
Page Count: 8
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Benefits and Costs of Pesticide Use in U. S. Food Production
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Abstract

In spite of present chemical control methods, an estimated 33% of current U. S. crop production is lost to crop pests. An analysis of the effects of removing chemical pesticides from U. S. agriculture reveals that pest losses would increase an estimated additional 9%. An investment of about $2.2 billion in pesticides would rescue an estimated $8.7 billion in crops from pest destruction

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