WONDER #2388: What Are Pesticides Made Of?

Question 1 of 3

This Wonder was mostly about...

  1. how pesticides work to stop Lyme disease.
  2. why every farmer and gardener should stop using pesticides.
  3. the work of the EPA.
  4. the ingredients in pesticides and their benefits and drawbacks.

Question 2 of 3

Which statement would BEST support the argument that pests are more dangerous to people than pesticides?

  1. “Inert ingredients often make up as much as 95 percent of the pesticide.”
  2. “Pests can spread diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme disease.”
  3. “When you’re growing food, pests can ruin the day.”
  4. “Besides the health risk to humans, pesticides also hurt the environment.”

Question 3 of 3

Which of these is NOT a danger of pesticides?

  1. Pesticides cause weeds to overtake crops.
  2. Pesticides can harm birds, fish, and helpful insects.
  3. Pesticides can make soil less fertile.
  4. Pesticides may contain chemicals that cause eye irritation, blindness, and kidney failure.

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