ABSTRACT

According to the FAO [1], a pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances intended to prevent, destroy, or control any pest, including vectors of human or animal diseases; unwanted species of plants or animals causing harm during or otherwise interfering with the production, processing, storage, or marketing of food, agricultural commodities, wood and wood products, or animal feedstuffs; or which may be administered to animals for the control of insects, arachnids, or other pests in or on their bodies. The term includes chemicals used as growth regulators, defoliants, desiccants, or fruit-thinning agents or agents for preventing the premature ripening of fruits and substances applied to crops either before or after harvest to prevent deterioration during storage or transport. The term “pest” includes insects, weeds, mammals, and microbes among other species [2].