What are pesticides derived from?
Pesticides are usually chemicals, but they can also be made from natural materials such as animals, plants, bacteria, etc. NOTE: The term “pesticide” describes a very large and diverse group of chemicals or products. It is very important to always get specific information about the exact product you are using.
What are the most common agricultural pesticides?
The most commonly used insecticides are the organophosphates, pyrethroids and carbamates (see Figure 1). The USDA (2001) reported that insecticides accounted for 12% of total pesticides applied to the surveyed crops.
What chemicals are used in agriculture?
Common agricultural chemicals (agrichemicals) include fuels, solvents, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilisers and veterinary chemicals.
What pesticides are used in organic farming?
Pesticides approved for use in organic farming include neem oil, made from the neem tree, and pyrethrin, which is made from chrysanthemum plants. A few synthetic chemicals are also allowed in organic farming. Examples include copper sulfate, alcohols, chlorine products, hydrogen peroxide, and soaps.