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  • Machine Insecticide spraying a field
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    Insecticides are chemicals that are toxic to insects. They are commonly used in agriculture to reduce the number of pest insects that might damage the crop or pasture. Today, insecticides are usually specific to insects and should not harm other animals. But scientists are finding that they may, in fact, have long-term effects on other non-target animals (species that are not the intended victims) through toxicity or reduced food sources.

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