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What Is a Pesticide?
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What Is a Pesticide?

More than just weed killers and mosquito repellent, pesticides are complicated chemical mixtures. These commonly used products control bugs, bacteria, mold, and more, but they can also cause harm to humans and all living things.

Examine the good, the bad, and the unfortunate effects of pesticides.

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Emerging Explorers: Tyrone Hayes

Emerging Explorers: Tyrone Hayes

When biologist and herpetologist Tyrone Hayes saw reed frogs changing color, he connected the cause to contaminants in the water that people use for cooking and bathing. More...

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National Geographic
Butterfly Decline Signals Trouble in Environment

Butterfly Decline Signals Trouble in Environment

Two butterfly subspecies are probably extinct in South Florida, thanks to loss of habitat and pesticides. And other important pollinators are facing a similar problem. More...

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Washington Post
Can You Name the Most and Least Pesticide Ridden Fruits and Vegetables?

Can You Name the Most and Least Pesticide Ridden Fruits and Vegetables?

Play against the clock to name 10 fruits and vegetables with the most — and least — pesticides. You’ve got five minutes…go! More...

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Sprocle Games
Frogs: The Thin Green Line

Frogs: The Thin Green Line

Pesticides and other chemicals are affecting the health of frogs. Watch to see scientists discover that one chemical in the water is turning male frogs into females. More...

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PBS
Organic vs. Pesticides

Organic vs. Pesticides

Discover the role that pesticides play in agriculture, as well as how organic crops are officially labeled. Find out if food must be organic to benefit the environment. More...

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SFGate
PacSci-Doku: Insect Eradicator

PacSci-Doku: Insect Eradicator

When it comes to controlling insects, spider venom may be the new environmentally safe ingredient in _______. Solve this Sudoku-inspired puzzle to get the answer. More...

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Pacific Science Center
Pesticide Photo Gallery

Pesticide Photo Gallery

Don’t dump pesticides down the drain! Find a collection center like this one. Disposing of old pesticides is serious business. More...

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Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Pesticide Quiz

Pesticide Quiz

See what you know about pesticides in your food. It’s OK if you can’t complete all the quiz questions because the answers explain what you need to know. More...

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Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Pesticide Word Searches

Pesticide Word Searches

You may be a beginner, intermediate, or advanced in your word searches related to pesticides. “Antidote,” anyone? More...

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Penn State
The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson

The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson

Scientist Rachel Carson had a lifelong love of the natural world. Her groundbreaking book Silent Spring alerted the world to the dangers of pesticides. More...

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RachelCarson.org/Linda Lear

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