Pesticides are the only substances that are used in the environment to cause a desired and planned specific toxic effect in the target organisms. They are used to combat all kinds of unwanted damage (pests, disease, weeds) to crops, animals and materials. Although agriculture has a considerable share in the use of pesticides, households, industry and the authorities also use significant amounts.
Pesticides may end up in the air, soil, surface water, watercourse sediment and groundwater from numerous routes. Undesirable side effects may occur if the products are absorbed by non-target organisms. Residues of pesticides may also sometimes be found in foods like fruit, vegetables, dairy products, meat and fish. A part of the active components may also make the drinking water production more difficult.
De verstoringsketen is een veelgebruikt analysekader in de internationale milieurapportering.
De keten schematiseert de oorzaken tot en met de gevolgen van de milieuproblemen.
The DPSI-R chain is a frequently used analysis framework in international environmental
reporting. The DPSI-R chain outlines the causes to the impacts of environmental