KNOW GMO VLOG: What is a pesticide?

Pesticides.

Pesticides get talked about A LOT when it comes to GMO crops.

You may have heard of Roundup Ready crops, designed to be resistant to the pesticides Glyphosate for example.

It’s not hard to find somebody in our comments section saying something to the effect of:
“Roundup is a pesticide, it’s killing bugs, so how could you think it’s safe for humans??!?! IDIOT.”
So PESTICIDE refers to any chemical are farmer is putting on their crop to deal with ANY pest.

Yes, when you’re a human, pests are often insects, but when you’re a crop, insects are not your only pests.

Other plants can be a pest, and a farmer controls pest plants with HERBICIDE.

HERB = PLANT

ICIDE = KILLER

Also, Fungus can be a real pest for crops too, in which case a farm would spray a FUNGICIDE

FUNGUS = MUSHROOM

ICIDE = KILLER

And Obviously, some bugs could be annoying for crops, so an INSECTICIDE would be used.

INSECT = BUG

ICIDE = KILLER

See, PESTICIDE is an umbrella term, and could refer to plant killing chemicals, or mushroom killing chemicals, or bug killing chemicals.  PESTICIDE does not mean Kills bugs, but it CAN mean kills bugs if you’re really talking about INSECTICIDES.This brings us back to the pesticide Roundup, or Glyphosate.  Glyphosate is a pesticide, but is also more specifically a herbicide.  It’s not targeted to bugs or mushrooms, it’s targeted to weeds.
Insecticides are always Pesticides, but Pesticides aren’t always Insecticides.
Farming is linguistically complex isn’t it?
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