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A Toxics-Free Future

Lindane: Pharmaceutical and Agricultural Alternatives

Sara Hannon, Colleen Keane, Pamela Miller

April 2009

The use of lindane as a pest control method to reduce damage to economic crops, specifically the wheat midge and locust, is unnecessary given a wide variety of non-insecticidal methods. Integrative pest management methods, including biological controls that can be synthesized and massed produced are an adequate alternative to lindane, an insecticide with known persistence, bioaccumulation, and long-range transport properties, as well as known adverse human and ecological health effects.

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