The Pesticide Detox - Towards a more sustainable agriculture

Edited by Jules Pretty 
Earthscan  January 2005  

Paperback  314 pp  ISBN 9781844071425      £33.00

Hardback  314 pp  ISBN 9781844071418      £90.00
Since the 1960s, the world's population has more than doubled and agricultural production per person has increased by a third. Yet this growth in production has masked enormous hidden costs arising from widespread pesticide use, massive ecological damage and high incidences of farmer poisoning and chronic health effects.

Whereas once the risks involved with pesticide use were judged to be outweighed by the potential benefits, increasingly the external costs of pesticides, to environments and human health, are being seen as unacceptable. In response to this trend, recent years have seen millions of farmers in communities around the world reduce their use of harmful pesticides and develop cheaper and safer alternatives.

The Pesticide Detox explores the potential for the phasing-out of hazardous pesticides and the phasing-in of cost effective alternatives already available on the market. This book makes clear that it is time to start the pesticide detox and to move towards a more sustainable agriculture.


  • Preface
  • Pesticide Use and the Environment
  • The Health Impacts of Pesticides
  • Paying the Price: The Full Cost of Pesticides
  • Corporations and Pesticides
  • Agrobiologicals and Alternatives
  • Farmer Decision Making and Ecological Pest Management
  • The Human and Social Dimensions of Pest Management for Agricultural Sustainability
  • Ecological Basis for Low-Toxicity IPM
  • Towards Zero-Pesticide Use
  • Transforming Potato Systems in the Andes
  • Breaking the Barriers to IPM in Africa
  • Towards Safe Cocoa Pest Management
  • Agroecological Interventions in the USA
  • The Transition to Safe Pest Management in Industrialized Agricultural Systems
  • Policies and Trends
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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