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The Secret Hazards of Pesticides: Inert Ingredients

Look at any label on a pesticide product and you will find a list of "active" ingredients, with a few long chemical names, and then typically the phrase "inert ingredients," with only a single percentage figure given and no listing of individual ingredients. The active ingredients are the chemicals used to control the target pest and must be listed on the label. The so-called "inert" ingredients are used as carriers for the active ingredients, to help dissolve them, make them easier to apply or to preserve them.

Unfortunately, many people will conclude from the term "inert" that such ingredients could not possibly have any adverse health or environmental effects. This is not the case at all.

Fortunately, there are some alternatives that can be used.

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