In many rural Chinese homes, a jar of pesticide—often a variety banned in Western countries—sits in the family outhouse.
Those might include BPA (which is found in many plastics), pesticide residue, and both legal and not-so-legal drugs.
But the pesticide that ensures an abundant crop all too often reaps sorrow.
pesticide pes·ti·cide (pěs'tĭ-sīd')
A chemical used to kill pests, especially insects.
A chemical used to kill harmful animals or plants. Pesticides are used especially in agriculture and around areas where humans live. Some are harmful to humans, either from direct contact or as residue on food, or are harmful to the environment because of their high toxicity, such as DDT (which is now banned in many countries). Pesticides include fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, and rodenticides. See more at fungicide, herbicide, insecticide.