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Pesticides are substances that are meant to control pests or weeds.[1] The term pesticide includes all of the following: herbicide, insecticide, insect growth regulator, nematicide, termiticide, molluscicide, piscicide, avicide, rodenticide, predacide, bactericide, insect repellent, animal repellent, antimicrobial, fungicide, disinfectant (antimicrobial), and sanitizer.[2] The most common of these are herbicides which account for approximately 80% of all pesticide use.[3] Most pesticides are intended to serve as plant protection products (also known as crop protection products), which in general, protect plants from weeds, fungi, or insects.

In general, a pesticide is a chemical or biological agent (such as a virus, bacterium, antimicrobial, or disinfectant) that deters, incapacitates, kills, or otherwise discourages pests. Target pests can include insects, plant pathogens, weeds, mollusks, birds, mammals, fish, nematodes (roundworms), and microbes that destroy property, cause nuisance, or spread disease, or are disease vectors. Although pesticides have benefits, some also have drawbacks, such as potential toxicity to humans and other species. According to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, 9 of the 12 most dangerous and persistent organic chemicals are organochlorine pesticides

Local Food Standards for universities

by University of Toronto on

The Local Food Standards were created by Food Services to promote an increase in the volume of local ingredients and products sourced by campus food providers, raise awareness of local food options within the university community... Read full article

Rethink Food - grow your own

by University of Toronto on

Want to enjoy local food more often? Check out these tips for growing, preserving, buying and cooking it all year round.... Read full article

Consumers Across the Nation are Boycotting Kellogg’s Foods – Here’s Why

by Christina Sarich on

Kellogg’s corn flakes and other food-like products that the company makes are full of Bt Corn. The EPA has registered Bt corn as a pesticide and Bt corn has been shown to cause serious health problems.... Read full article

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