Erik Stokstad '92, a staff writer for Science Magazine, was featured on the August 29, 2013 edition of National Public Radio's "On Point," focused on "The Growing and Global Use of Pesticides." Stokstad was part of the news team behind Science's Special Issue on Smarter Pest Control, which includes news and reviews on the plant immune system, pesticide's effect on young brains, and preventing suicides by locking up pesticides.
According to "On Point," we use billions of pounds of pesticides globally as a weapon to control weeds, and to kill the bugs that infect our crops and spread diseases. Five billion pounds in 2007, and even more today. Pesticides coat our produce, keep our lawns weedless and green, keep diseases like malaria in check.
But many are carcinogens. They’ve been linked to depression, birth defects, ADHD, Diabetes, even Parkinson’s. Now, scientists are looking for a better way. "On Point" looks at the growing global use of pesticides, and the implications and alternatives.