Although concerns over the ecological impacts of pesticides gave rise to the environmental movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, since that time, pesticide use and its effects have been largely ignored by the law and by legal scholars. This book addresses this omission by providing a unique and serious treatment of the significance of pesticide issues in environmental law and takes an ecological perspective on the legal issues. Dealing with a wide range of questions relating to pests and pesticides, the book focuses primarily on agricultural pesticide use as the largest contaminator in the US. It also examines the legacy of past pesticide use and analyzes how recent developments in ecological science can inform the law and increase our understanding of ecology. Interdisciplinary in its approach, the book will be of interest to academics, lawyers, scientists and environmental and agricultural professionals.
’One of the most serious deficiencies in the use of pesticides under the existing law is increased pest resistance to them and the threat that this poses to sustainable agriculture. This valuable book provides a blueprint to correct this serious deficiency in pesticide regulation.’ A. Dan Tarlock, ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law, USA ’Mary Jane Angelo has written an important and much-needed book on agricultural pesticide use from an ecological perspective. Blending law, science, and policy, it provides a comprehensive history of pesticide use, its role in agriculture, and its immediate and long-term impacts on the environment.’ Alexandra B. Klass, University of Minnesota Law School, USA ’This book is an essential source for anyone seeking a keen understanding of the regulation and science of pesticide use. It also offers a clear guide to sustainable management through reforms of FIFRA, wildlife law, and agricultural subsidies. ’ Robert L. Fischman, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, USA