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August 8, 1966


JAMA. 1966;197(6):19-21. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110060011003

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Pesticide Report—  A Senate Government Operations Subcommittee concluded after a two-year study that the human health hazards are not now significant enough to warrant drastic curbs on the use of pesticides.But, the subcommittee said, "knowledge regarding the risk of chemical pesticides... will have to be broadened and refined considerably in order to provide clear-cut answers to questions that will be forced by the increasing need for pest control in the future."The conclusion drawn from the testimony (at hearings on the subject) is that the magnitude of the future risk is uncertain in many important areas," a subcommittee report said."While some of the more gloomy prophecies that had been raised could not be supported by hard scientific fact, it is also true that science could not and still cannot prove that some of these prophecies are untenable. Thus a... conclusion is that much more information is needed to