Pesticides: History, Myths and Proper Application
This talk will cover the uses, history, regulation and pros and cons of pesticides. This is a more complicated subject than first meets the eye, since pesticides are a very broad class, encompassing many types of materials. Agricultural bug killers, swimming pool disinfectants, drinking water chlorinators and kitchen sanitizers are all pesticides. They range in toxicity from deadly to benign. We will discuss risk assessment, environmental effects, case histories, and perhaps use some on-site examples of pest problems at Goodwin to point out where pesticide use makes sense, and where it does not. We will also discuss current issues such as genetically modified organisms and pollinator problems.
This free event is jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks, and Friends of Goodwin Forest.
The James L. Goodwin Forest and Conservation Education Center were gifts to the people of Connecticut from James L. Goodwin, one of America's first professional foresters and a long-time CFPA Board Member. The Center is jointly managed by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) and the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks. For more information, select here.