US pesticide use reaches new record

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 15 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1498

Americans used a record amount of pesticides in 1995, say the latest government data. Although the government has not officially released the data, they were made public by two environmental action groups, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the US Public Interest Research Group.

The two groups said that 568 Mkg of herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides were used in 1995, compared with 559 Mkg …

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