Why is there a concern among consumers that pesticides may play a role in cancer risk? There is concern because of the potential for exposure.
We use pesticides :
- In agriculture to raise crops and livestock
- In the home and garden to control weeds, structural insects
and animal pests
- To control pests in recreational areas like golf courses, parks,
playgrounds and athletic fields, and
- For large scale insect control against vector-borne diseases.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimated that in 1997 nearly one billion pounds of pesticides were used in the United States alone. About 79% was used in agriculture, 14% for industrial, commercial and governmental use, and seven percent in the home and garden.