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Lecture 8 - Chemically Dependent Agriculture

Lecture 8 - Chemically Dependent Agriculture

This video was recorded at YALE - EVST 255 - Environmental Politics and Law. The change from smaller, more diverse farms to larger single-crop farms in the U.S. has led to greater reliance on pesticides for pest management. Other changes as the U.S. food system becomes more commercialized include: increased use of additives, higher food prices, more water and energy consumption for agriculture, and more pesticide residues entering food through processing. Pesticides have also been used to combat insect-borne diseases, like malaria. The lecture provides an overview of relevant food, agriculture, and pesticide law, and covers the changes in pesticide use as scientific knowledge of a given chemical (i.e. DDT) improves. Reading assignment: Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma Resources Lecture 8 [PDF]


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