Pesticides can potentially cause undesirable adverse side effects on nontarget organisms, humans, and the environment (soils, surface, and groundwater resources) because pesticides are toxic by design and are deliberately released into the environment. Pesticide risk is a combination of the (eco)toxicological properties of the pesticide and the potential exposure of humans, flora, and fauna to the pesticide.
Overview on current strategies
This article gives a general introduction to pesticide fate in the environment, summarizes risks associated with the production, use, and disposal of pesticides, and provides an overview on current strategies and tools to minimize these risks.
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