In agriculture, pesticides are used to protect the crops farmers grow from pests and disease, so that we can eat safe, nutritious food all year round. However, they can also be potentially dangerous to the environment, people, and animals.Find out what pesticides really are and how to avoid exposure to harmful products.

In a world of humanmade chemicals, pesticides are second only to fertilizer in the amount applied and the extent of use.They are effective tools for protecting crops, fighting disease-causing insects, and dealing with nuisance animals such as rodents, fleas, and ticks. But herbicides, insecticides, and their kin can harm the environment and are dangerous to workers if improperly used.