Pioneering Pest Control Method Turns 50

It has been 50 years since four University of California scientists revolutionized agriculture with a new approach to pest control known as “integrated pest management.” The UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources first published the groundbreaking research of Vernon Stern, Ray Smith, Robert van den Bosch, and Kenneth Hagen in Oct. 1959. Among the first to critique the rampant use of harsh pesticides such as DDT, these scientists advocated limited, targeted chemical controls to mitigate long-term ecosystem disruption and reduce dangers to farm workers.

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