The use of pesticides presents a particular set of issues for food production and consumption today. While pesticides may be applied in many contexts for different reasons, the use of pesticides in agricultural production is of particular importance in the consideration of food issues. Some food issues related to pesticide use relate to effects on human health, environmental impacts, and economic impacts. Historically, the amount and types of synthetic pesticides used in food production have varied. While historic trends vary, some benefits and concerns regarding pesticide use and regulation persist.

A pesticide is a substance designed to prevent, repel, or eradicate the presence of any species seen as harmful to a particular system. Today, most pesticides are used in agricultural production systems; these are commonly ...

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