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Research Centers

National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)
Oregon State University
333 Weniger Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-6502
Phone: 1-800-858-7378
Email: NPIC

The National Pesticides Information Center (NPIC) serves as a source of objective, science-based information about pesticides and pesticide-related topics to enable people to make informed decisions about pesticides and their use. NPIC is a cooperative agreement between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  NPIC is open daily from 6:30 am to 4:30 pm Pacific Time.

Texas AgriLife Extension Service - The Texas A & M University System:
Agriculture Program of Texas A & M University System
106 Jack K. Williams Building
College Station, TX 77843-7101
Phone: (979) 845-7800
Fax: (409) 845-9542

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service works hand-in-hand with its Texas A&M System partners, the state legislature, and the communities it serves to serve Texans through community based education.  They offer practical, how-to education based on university research.

The Western Center for Agriculture Health and Safety -
Marc Schenker, Director
Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8757
Phone: (530) 752-4050
Fax: (530) 752-5047

The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety is the result of a cooperative agreement with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the University of California, and the United States Center for Disease Control. The Agricultural Health and Safety Center seeks to protect and improve the health and safety of the nation's farmers, farm workers, and consumers. The Center is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program dedicated to the understanding and prevention of illness and injury in Western agriculture.

The publications page includes:  newsletters, policy papers, a publications database, manuals, brochures, videos, and games.  Many materials are available in Spanish, Japanese, Hmong, and others.

University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Pesticide Education Office
Pesticide Education Office
101 Natural Resources Hall
PO Box 830818
Lincoln, NE 68583-0818
Phone: (402) 472-1632

The Pesticide Education Office provides educational and training programs that address health, the environment, economic well being, and pesticide safety.  Programs include the traditional certification and training of pesticides applicators; integrated pest management in a variety of environments; pesticide safety awareness for the general public, youth, master gardeners, and many other information and technology transfer programs. 

University of Maryland, Pesticide Education and Assessment Program
4112 Plant Science Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: (301) 405-3911

The Pesticide Education and Assessment Program at the University of Maryland provides information about the safe use of pesticides to commercial and private pesticide applicators, health care professionals and consumers. The PEAP website supplies resources and links for health care providers as well as information about current pesticide issues, pesticide laws and regulations, and certification/recertification training sessions for pesticide applicators.

University of Texas - Health Science Center at San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900
Phone: (210) 567-7000

The Health Science Center is a center for biomedical education, training, and research. It serves to provide health care to the medically indignant of South Texas. By using the "search" button, individuals have access to pesticide articles (i.e. Pesticides in the Gulf War), studies (i.e. Chemical Sensitivity), and information about environmental education.


Programs & Curricula

Medical University of South Carolina Agromedicine Program
295 Calhoun St.
Room 103
PO Box 250192
Charleston, SC 29425
Phone: (843) 792-2281
Email: Agromedicine Program

The Agromedicine program offered by the Medical University of South Carolina utilizes research (i.e. the epidemiology of pesticides poisoning, cancers in farmers, food safety, and others) to enhance their education and consultation services. The University offers free medical consultation to health care professionals for accurate diagnosis and management of pesticide associated illnesses and concerns in agriculture. The program also educates health care professionals through seminars, lectures, and workshops. Other information on pesticides can be found at the second web address including: questions and answers about pesticides and acute pesticide poisoning facts.

Pesticide Management Education Program - Cornell University
5123 Comstock Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-0901
Phone: (607) 255-1866

The Pesticide Management Education Program at Cornell University promotes the safe use of pesticides for users, consumers, and the environment. It also serves as a pesticide information center. The general website covers regional information (i.e. New York regulations, pesticide impacts) and information about Cornell's use of pesticides (i.e. policies). The more specific website is an educational slide show about the usefulness of public health pesticides, applicator training, and EPA pesticide regulation. The slide show can be clicked through on the above website.

Pesticides and Public Health - Rutgers University - Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute
EMAIL Mark G. Robson, PhD, MPH, Executive Director
Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute
170 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway N.J. 08854
Phone: (732) 445-0201

Environment and Occupational Health Sciences Institute at Rutgers University sponsors research, education, and service programs to foster interaction between experts in environmental health, toxicology, occupational health, exposure assessment, public policy, and health education. Pesticides and Public Health is a mini-course offered by EOHSI. This program discusses the multi-faceted influence of pesticides on all media, matrices, exposure pathways, and age groups. The reading material includes information on regulatory issues, case studies on agricultural health, migrant health, indoor air quality, child health, ecological effects, and global pesticide issues.

Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs
305 Sandy Hall
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-6543
Fax: (540) 231-3057

VTPP offers you information sources on pesticides, pesticide safety, pest management, educational opportunities, and related services.  Training aides and On-line instruction materials are available through the second link.



EXTONET - Pesticide Information Profiles (PIPS)
Email: PIPS

Extonet is a cooperative effort of the University of California-Davis, Oregon State University, Michigan State University, Cornell University, and the University of Idaho. The site is maintained by Oregon State University and provides vital information on specific pesticides relating to health and environmental effects. You can search this site either by using the chemical name, generic name, symptom (i.e. tumor) or condition/disease. In addition, individuals can research specific pesticides by scrolling down the page. Individual profiles include information about pesticide toxicity, ecological effects, environmental effects, health effects, and chemical make-up.

University of California - Agriculture and Natural Resources

The Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is a statewide network of University of California researchers and educators dedicated to the creation, development, and application of knowledge in agricultural, natural, and human resources.  New archives can be searched by key words.

University of Michigan - Environmental Justice Case Study: DDT Contamination

This case study has a click-through table of contents, which makes each section more accessible. The study chronicles the community's (Huntsville Spring Branch near Triana, Alabama) struggle to get Olin to clean up the DDT contamination. Olin, which manufactured and sold DDT to the Army and other companies for use as a pesticide, apparently had been discharging their wastewater contaminated with DDT into the Huntsville Spring Branch.

Washington State University Tri-Cities - Agrichemical and Environmental News
EMAILAgrichemical and Environmental News 

Washington State University Tri-cities is a premier research university that prepares students for changing technologies, a diversified economy, and success in the job market. The University assists the agricultural community through research and extension activities. The University's Agrichemical and Environmental News is a monthly publication on environmental and pesticide related issues. The last issue was published in 2003.


Federal Government Resources

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
ATSDR Information Center
Phone: 1-888-232-6348
Email: ATSDR 

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry is a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who's mission is to prevent exposure and adverse human health effects and diminished quality of life associated with exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites, unplanned releases, and other sources of pollution present in the environment.

Medical Management Guidelines for Acute Chemical Exposures was developed to aid emergency department physicians and other emergency health care professionals who manage acute exposures resulting from chemical incidents. There are a few pesticides listed on their website at

Environmental Health Information Service - Environmental Health Perspectives #104
Mail Drop EC-15, NIEHS PO Box 12233
111 Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Phone: (919) 541-3841
Email: Environmental Health Perspectives

The Environmental Health Information Service is a service of the National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program. The mission of NIEHS is to study disease susceptibility and use the data collected to develop accurate risk assessment and monitoring techniques. The article on this particular website deals with hormone disrupting chemicals, including pesticides.

Environmental Protection Agency - Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP)
US Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Pesticide Programs (Division Mail Code)
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20460
Phone: (703) 305-7695

This website has a variety of pesticides information available to the general public and health care professionals. As part of the Health Care Providers Initiative, the EPA is gathering as much information as possible so that nurses and doctors can become better trained in pesticide health issues. The goal is to improve the recognition, diagnosis, management, and prevention of adverse health effects from pesticide exposures. Listed below are just a few of the useful sites that can be found.

  • Pesticides National Strategies for Health Care Providers discusses the Health Care Providers Initiative, the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation's role, and the participants in workshops to educate health care professionals. Also available is Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings, a guide which includes information on symptoms, toxicology, and treatment of pesticide exposures.
  • Fact sheets on specific chemicals and pesticides groups.

Environmental Protection Agency Children's Environmental Health and General Information on Healthy Child Care
US Environmental Protection Agency
Children's Environmental Health and General Information on Healthy Child Care
Phone: (202) 564-0457
Email: [email protected]

EPA provides information on how to identify potentially harmful environmental contaminants in child care settings and steps you can take to reduce or eliminate those hazards. It includes a number of external resources as well as training and curriculum resources on environmental health issues such as pesticides and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

  • The Healthy Child Care Information for Child Care Providers includes child care training and curriculum training resources on Integrated Pest Management (IPM). These materials are produced through a partnership between EPA, Cornell University, Penn State's Philadelphia School and Community IPM Program, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The Training focuses on pest reduction and prevention methods through a 10 course module and webinar training session.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: (202) 720-2791

The U.S. Department of Agriculture assists farmers and ranchers, ensures open markets, advances new crop technologies, and ensures the safety of meat, poultry, and egg products. Individuals seeking pesticides information should use the "search" button and query "pesticides and health". Available information includes various articles and programs related to pesticides.


State Government Resources

California Environmental Protection Agency - Department of Pesticide Regulation
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95812-4015
Phone: (916) 445-4300

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation regulates all aspects of pesticide sales and use to protect public health and the environment.  Information available includes general pesticide information, how to deal with specific pest problems, health effects, and California laws, regulations, and codes.

Texas Department of Agriculture
Pesticide Programs Division

The Texas Department of Agriculture is designated as the state's lead agency in the regulation of pesticide use and applicaiton.  The division is responsible for licensing and training pesticide applicators, overseeing worker protection, registering pesticides for sale in the state working to minimize unnecessary impacts to agriculture while enhancing protection of endangered and threatened species as mandated by the federal law.

Texas Department of State Health Services
Environmental and Injury Epidemiology and Toxicology Branch
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756-3199
Phone: 1-800-588-1248

The Texas Department of Health seeks to promote and protect the health of its citizens. The department keeps up-to-date information on public health conditions, which will ensure the maintenance and improvement of Texans' health. The Environmental and Injury Epidemiology and Toxicology Branch provides resources, publications, and educational material. 


Health Care Provider Concerns

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)- Pediatric Environmental Health
Department of Federal Affairs
601 13th Street, NW
Suite 400 North
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 347-8600
Publications Customer Service: (888) 227-1770

The American Academy of Pediatrics and its member pediatricians are dedicated to preserving the health, safety, and well being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Currently, the AAP has 55,000 members in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. The Pediatric Environmental Health, published in 2003, addresses environmental hazards and prevention strategies, as well as, in-depth guidance about pesticides, cancer, etc. in 723 pages. You can order your copy of this publication and any others through the publication customer service number. The Handbook can be purchased for $44.95 for non-members and $39.95 for members. 


Patient Concerns

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway
Leawood, KS 66211-2672
Phone: (913) 906-6000
Email: AAFP

The American Academy of Family Physicians is a national, non-profit medical association with more than 89,400 members (family physicians, family practice residents, and medical students). AAFP trties to promote high quality standards for family doctors who provide continuing, comprehensive health care to the public. The best way to obtain pesticide information on this site is to click the "search" button on their homepage. Once on the search screen, enter "pesticides" or "pesticides and health" as your query to retrieve sought after information.

Available pesticides information on the site can include educational materials for patients about their health (i.e. A Series of Facts Dealing with Topics on Preventing Cancer (Alcohol, Food Preparation, Supplements, Pesticides, and Fats & Oils). In addition, the site also allows access to outside articles from their own and other medical journals, which cover pesticides and their links to cancer.


Information Clearinghouses

International Food Information Council (IFIC) - Guide to Pesticides and Food Safety
1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 430
Washington, DC 20036
Email: IFIC

The International Food Information Council seeks to bridge the gap between science and communications by collecting and disseminating scientific information on food safety, nutrition, and health to create a reservoir of valuable science and health data. A Consumer's Guide to Pesticides and Food Safety received a favorable rating from the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. In addition to the guide, an individual can use the "search" button to find other useful information, including articles, Q&A, and health risk assessments).

Conservation Technology Information Center
1801 Kalberer Road, Suite J10
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Phone: (765) 494-9555

The Conservation Technology Information Center is a non-profit organization created in 1982 under the charter of the National Association of Conservation Districts. It serves as a clearinghouse of information, a facilitator of national messages and activities, and a sponsor of interactive meetings, conferences, and tours.

National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
Phone: (212) 727-2700
Email: [email protected]

The National Resources Defense Council is striving to protect nature in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations. One of the ways that they seek to do this is by sharing information over the Internet. In order to use this site for that purpose, individuals should use the "search" button, and enter in their query. For those looking for pesticides information, please use "pesticides" or "pesticides and health" as your query. Available information includes pesticide fact sheets that examine the risks of exposure, recent press release information, and chapters from books (i.e. Trouble on the Farm).

Rachel Carson Council
8490 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (301) 652-1877
Email: Rachel Carson Council

The Rachel Carson Council acts as a clearinghouse and library of information divided into scientific and layperson levels on pesticide related issues. Information can be found by clicking one of the following: conferences, newsletters, alerts, related websites, or the catalog of publications. In addition, the Basic Guide to Pesticides: Their Characteristics and Hazards is also available online.

Rachel's Environment & Health Weekly
Environmental Research Foundation
PO Box 5036
Annapolis, MD 21403-7036

The Environmental Research Foundation sponsors Rachel's Environment & Health Weekly. The article, published in March of 1998, discusses the effects of pesticides on children and the links between pesticides and cancer. Individuals can access other articles from this publication be clicking on the "index" button.

Wisconsin Stewardship Network - Human Health
Email: Wisconsin Stewardship Network

The Wisconsin Stewardship Network believes that the conservation of resources must cut across political and ideological differences. Their mission is to build a cooperative environmental network that recaptures and strengthens Wisconsin's stewardship ethic. The human health information that is available on their website is varied. Available information includes the Pesticide Update, articles on the linkages between pesticides and health problems, public school pesticide usage information, and information about the Pesticide Use Reporting/Reduction Project, which includes the examination of health risks, tools for action, publications, real stories about encounters with pesticides, and Wisconsin schools survey results.

National Women's Health Information Center - Women and Pesticides
Email: Women and Pesticides

The National Women's Health Information Center sponsors a vast gateway of women's health and information services. Available information includes articles on DDT, exposure, health effects, pesticides in food, and links to other information.

World Resources Institute - Sustainable Agriculture Publications
10 G Street, NE
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 729-7600

The World Resources Institute provides information, ideas, and solutions to global environmental problems. This particular website contains a publication from WRI that addresses pesticides and the immune system. Pesticides & the Immune System: Public Health Risks, published in 1996, is a book that details the links between cancer and pesticide exposure, as well as, birth defects, immunological disorders, and neurological damage. This book utilizes both experimental and epidemiological research in its analysis of risks associated with pesticide exposure.

World Socialist Website
Email: [email protected]

The World Socialist Website is an Internet center providing analysis of major world events, comments on political, cultural, historical, and philosophical issues. Individuals can use this website to search for pesticide information by clicking the "search" button and entering the query "pesticides." Available information includes articles on crop sprays and their adverse health effects and Cancer and Social Life, which is a review of Living Downstream, a book by Sandra Steingraber.


Advocacy Groups

Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR)
49 Powell Street
Suite 530
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 981-3939
Email: CPR

Californians for Pesticide Reform is a coalition of more than 130 public health, consumer, environmental, sustainable agriculture, labor & rural assistance public interest organizations. CPR seeks to expand the public's right-to-know about pesticide use and abuse, reduce use, and promote safer, ecologically sound pest management. Available information on pesticides includes articles on pesticides in California drinking water, and brochures, which can be obtained for free by contacting them.

Environmental Health Coalition (EHC)
401 Mile of Cars Way
Suite 310
National City, CA  91950
Phone: (619) 474-0220
Email: EHC

The Environmental Health Coalition uses social change strategies to achieve environmental justice. They are dedicated to the prevention and clean up of toxic pollution that threatens health, communities, and the environment. Using the website's "search" button, individuals can find information on pesticides by using the query "pesticides and health." Available information includes fact sheets (i.e. environmental illness, Home Safe Home - give pest control alternatives, etc.), links to pesticide groups (i.e. PANNA), San Diego County resources (i.e. contact information), and general EHC campaign information.

National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides (NCAMP)
701 E Street, SE
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 543-5450

The National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides is a non-profit membership organization that provides the public with information about pesticides, their alternatives, and the strengths and weaknesses of the regulatory system. Available pesticide information on this website includes, pesticide emergency information, reports on pesticide use in schools and public buildings, press releases, state-to-state comparisons, electric company comparisons, and more.

Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP)
Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP)
PO Box 1393 Eugene, OR 97440
Phone: (541) 344-5044
Email: [email protected]

The Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides works to protect people and the environment by advancing healthy solutions to pest problems. Available information on pesticides includes program pages that describe initiatives to reduce pesticide use, the publications page that allows individuals to buy books and reports online (i.e. Pesticides and Farmworkers, Hazards of Making and Transporting Pesticides), and the chemical fact sheets that discuss formulas, toxicity, health effects, and environmental effects.

Pesticide Action Network - North America
49 Powell Street
Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 981-1771
Email: PANNA

The Pesticide Action Network of North America is campaigning to replace pesticides with ecologically sound alternatives. Pesticide resources on this website are broken down into "featured" and "general" resources. The featured resources include new up-to-date articles (i.e. Fields of Poison report), pesticides research studies, and access to a pesticide advisor (deals with pest and pesticide problems as well as exposure issues). The general resources include conference proceedings, the Pesticide Journal, recent news articles, and links.

Pesticide Education Center
P.O. Box 225279 San Francisco, CA 94122-5279
Telephone 415-665-4722
Fax 415-665-2693

The Pesticide Education Center is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 to educate workers and the public about the hazards of pesticides to human health and the environment. The Pesticide Education Center (PEC) provides critical information on health effects and safer alternative pest control methods to the public. Our mission is to educate consumers to make more informed choices to protect themselves, their families, their pets, their neighbors, and the environment from toxic pesticides. The center produces videos and publishes books and other materials, which can be ordered from the website. Additional pesticides information on the center's website includes the consumer pesticide safety series, human health studies, and animal toxicology data on pesticides.

Pesticide Watch
1107 9th Street
Suite 601
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (961) 551-1883

Pesticide Watch provides organization and strategy assistance to the public and others in order to stop pesticide abuse and promote non-toxic alternatives, which helps protect health. Pesticide Watch also serves as a clearinghouse of information on pesticides and their alternatives. The website lists various sections of information, including a section called "Pesticide Problem" that contains information on how pesticides affect health, children, and the environment. The other sections are self-explanatory: pesticides in schools, in parks, in the home and garden, and in agriculture. Another section lists important pesticide links.

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR)
1101 14th Street, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 898-0150

Physicians for Social Responsibility is an organization that is working to create a world free of nuclear weapons, global environmental pollution, and gun violence through political processes, physicians' roles as teachers, and the promotion of physical and psychological health and well-being of humanity. An individual in the health care profession can use this website to search for the latest information on pesticides and other health related topics. Those looking for pesticides information will discover slideshows (i.e. Persistent Organic Pollutants), links to more information (i.e. EPA, National Institutes of Health), program updates, press releases, conferences, and more.



Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC)
1010 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 513
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: (202) 347-4976
Fax: (202) 347-4950

The Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics has clinics in 29 states. The clinical personnel are available for educational grand rounds on pesticides or for consultation with other health care providers, and those clinical personnel with teaching positions have an opportunity to include environmental health issues (i.e. pesticides) in their lectures.

Environmental Defense Center
906 Garden Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: (805) 963 - 1622
Fax: (805) 962 - 3152

The EDC is designed to address human health risks associated with pesticide use at the agricultural/urban interface through assessment, community and farmworker education, health care professionals training, and policy and regulatory advocacy. The proejct is tailored to the needs and concerns of farmworkers and their families, and other community members who work, go to school, or live near farming operations.

Farmworker Health and Safety Institute (FHSI)
PO Box 510
Glassboro, NJ 08028
Phone: (856) 881-2507
Fax: (856) 881-2027

The Farmworker Health and Safety Institute is a unique consortium of three community-based farmworker organizations: El Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas (CATA), the Farmworker Association of Florida, and the Border Agricultural Workers Project. Member organizations work with migrant farmworkers along the East Coast, the U.S.-Mexico border, and the Caribbean. The Institute has a history of assessing the environmental health concerns of farmworkers and developing materials and trainings that are both, relevant, accessible, and culturally appropriate for the community.

In order to better protect farmworkers from pesticides, the Institute developed the Health Provider Training Manual, which specifically trains health providers in occupational medicine so they can better treat migrant farmworkers and their families. The manual educates health providers about the acute and chronic symptoms associated with pesticide exposure and the importance of documenting and reporting pesticide-related illnesses. For more information, please contact the Farmworker Health and Safety Institute.

National Center for Healthy Housing
10320 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 500
Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: (410)992.0712
Fax: (443)539.4150

The National Center for Healthy Housing is a nonprofit coporation dedicated to creating healthy and safe homes for children by bringing the public health, housing, environmental, and regulatory communities together. NCHH conducts applied research, program evaluation, technical assistance, training, and outreach that is focused on reducing the health consequences of indoor exposures. Their unique Online Training Course gives everyone the opportunity to take trainings that may not otherwise fit into a busy schedule.

The North American Agromedicine Consortium
Julia Storm, Chair
North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service
Department of Toxicology
Box 7633
Raleigh, NC 27695-7633
Phone: (919) 515-7961
Fax: (919) 515-7169
Email: NAAC

The North American Agromedicine Consortium is an affiliation of faculty and representatives of related government, agribusiness, and voluntary agencies who have organized to share through a multidisciplinary approach their expertise and resources in public service, education and research for the enhancement of agricultural medicine, safety, and rural health within their state, province, country, and region. The consortium is devoted to the programmatic teamwork of land-grant and medical universities to promote health and prevent disease for farmers, farm workers, their families, others in rural communities, and consumers of food and fiber. For more information about their pesticides programs or projects, please contact Julia Storm.



Basic Guide to Pesticides: Their Characteristics and Hazards, by Shirley A. Briggs, with the Rachel Carson Council
Rachel Carson Council
8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (301) 652-1877

This book contains information on various pesticides including chemical classification, primary use, detected effects on mammals, effects on non-target species, and trade names. For more information on this book or any other, please contact the Rachel Carson Council.  It is also available for purchas at

CRC Press
Customer Service Phone: 1-800-272-7737

CRC Press is "the leading publishers of essential information for global, professional, and technical communities." Individuals can use the "search" button to search for pesticide related information in CRC's publications. In order to find pesticide information, use the "full text" option on the scroll bar. Information that is available includes books on the properties of pesticides and/or handbooks of natural pesticides. These books discuss names, chemical formulas, toxicity to certain animal species and humans, among other topics. Also available is Human Toxicology of Pesticides, published in 1991, which systematically analyzes existing information on the toxicological effects of pesticides on humans. The second website listed gives a detailed description of the Handbook of Pesticides.

"Critical Issues for Children and Youths" - David & Lucile Packard Foundation
300 Second Street
Suite 200
Los Altos, CA 94022
Phone: (650) 948-7658

The Packard Foundation supports non-profit organizations in order to help people through the improvement of scientific knowledge, education, health, culture, employment opportunities, the environment, and quality of life. This particular article discusses children's health in connection with the environment, health hazards in the environment (i.e. pesticides), case studies of environmental risks to children, and other topics.

The Death of Ramon Gonzalez: The Modern Agricultural Dilemma, by Angus Wright
University of Texas Press, publisher
(December 1990), ISBN: 0292715609
Available in hardcover and paperback

This book is considered to be "a true heart-wrenching occupational health story" by one reviewer. Verona Goodwin believes that it should be considered "essential reading for anyone working in the areas of public health and occupational health." This book is available at

Fields of Poison: California Farmworkers and Pesticides
Pesticide Action Network North America
United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation

This publication, by Margaret Reeves and Kristin Schafer of the Pesticide Action Network of North America, Kate Hallward of the United Farm Workers of America, and Anne Katte of the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, is one in a series of reports by Californians for Pesticide Reform. This report can be found at

Hazards and Exposures Associated with DDT and Synthetic Pyrethroids used for Vector Control, World Wildlife Fund
1250 24th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037-1175
Fax: (202) 530-0743
Published January 1999

Hazards and Exposures is a comprehensive, historical explanation of DDT and other chemicals used in vector control and consequences on human health, the environment, and other species. The report discusses chemical properties, the history of chemicals in vector control, the Artic food web, and bioaccumulation in organisms. Additional sections discuss health effects, environmental effects, exposure's implications, and some recommendations by the Fund for additional research. All publications are available for $10 each from the World Wildlife Fund.


Help Yourself to a Healthy Home: Protect Your Children's Health
303 Hiram Smith Hall
1545 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-4695

This booklet is designed to assist parents and caregivers in identifying and addressing environmental health risks in and around homes. There are simple self-assessment checklists that cover the following topics: indoor air quality, lead, hazardous household products, drinking water quality, and pesticides. Each section is written by a specialist in that particular field and reviewed by a team of technical experts. It can be downloaded from the above website, just click on the "Healthy Home" button.

Unthinkable Risk: How Children are Exposed and Harmed When Pesticides are Used at School
Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides
PO Box 1393
Eugene, OR 97440-1393
Phone: (541) 344-5044

The report has an appendix full of school pesticide exposure incidents. In addition, it discusses how children are more at risk to pesticides than other age groups, in terms of how the poisons are absorbed. The report also identifies recommendations for parents, schools, and the government. This report was prepared by Becky Riley and published in April 2000. For more information contact the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides.

Investigating the Effects of Pesticide Exposure in the Home
June 1994 edition of Technology Today
The Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
PO Drawer 28510
San Antonio, TX 78228-0510
Phone: (210) 522-2673
Fax: (210) 522-3649

The Southwest Institute is an independent, non-profit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 13 technical divisions using multidisciplinary approaches to problem solving. The reprinted article about pesticide exposure in the home identifies the excessive dermal exposure of farmers to pesticides, even on days when they do not handle the substances. Available in the article is a chart illustrating the concentration of pesticides in family homes. Also available is information on leukemia studies, a breast cancer study, and an agricultural health study. For more information, please contact The Southwest Research Institute.

Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment, by Sandra Steingraber
Perseus Press, publisher (May 1997)
ISBN: 0201483033
Available in hardcover

Living Downstream is a personal narrative with scientific analysis that links cancer to environmental contamination. Its focus is on the people of Illinois, who face industrial and agricultural poisons everyday. A reader comments about how "we are all carrying endocrine disrupting chemicals hidden in our fat cells that are altering our sexuality, our ability to reproduce, our short term memory, and our health." This book is available on for $16.80 plus shipping.

Nature Wars: People vs. Pests, by Mark L. Winston
Harvard University Press, publisher (September 1999)
ISBN: 067460542X
Available in paperback

Nature Wars is a compelling book about ethics and choices, showing the difference between protecting ourselves from pests and poisoning the planet and ourselves. Winston uses a battery of case studies to reveal the pattern of mistakes and problems in pest management. These case studies examine lawns, kitchens, farms, and orchards. This book is available for $15.95 in bookstores and online.

Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival? - A Scientific Detective Story, by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers
Plume, publisher (March 1997)
ISBN: 0452274141
Available in paperback

Our Stolen Future identifies the various ways that chemical pollutants (including pesticides) in the environment disrupt human reproductive patterns and cause problems such as birth defects, sexual abnormalities, and reproductive failure. Individuals can also get this book from  The list price is $16.99.

Pesticides in Drinking Water, by David I. Gustafson, PhD
John Wiley & Sons, publisher (December 1997)
ISBN: 0471284971
Available in hardcover only

This book includes case studies about the occurrence of pesticides in drinking water. It also examines what types of pesticides are in the drinking water, how they got there, and what is being done to remedy the problem. Individuals can obtain this book at

The Pesticide Hazard: A Global Health and Environmental Audit, by Barbara Dinham
Zed Books or St. Martin's Press, Inc., publisher (January 1993)
ISBN: 1856492028
Available in paperback

The book covers issues ranging from health and safety to food contamination. The Pesticide Hazard tackles the question "Can doctors diagnose?" The information provided on agricultural workers' risks, chronic exposure risks, food contamination, the limitations of storage and disposal, and the reports on pesticide use and exposure in countries around the world are enough to make a health care providers job a nightmare. However, from reading this book, a professional could learn about the risks and develop a plan of attack to diagnose patients more efficiently. This publication is available at

Pesticides and Human Health

This website delineates the conclusions of studies conducted by the National Research Council and the Academy of Science on scientific and policy issues concerning pesticides in the diets of infants and children.

Pesticides and Human Health: A Resource for Health Care Professionals, by Gina Solomon, MD, MPH
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Californians for Pesticide Reform
49 Powell Street, Suite 530
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 981-3939
Fax: (415) 981-2727
Email: [email protected]

Pesticides and the Immune System: The Public Health Risks, by Robert Repetto and Sanjay S. Baliga
World Resources Institute, publisher (April 1996)
ISBN: 1569730873
Available in paperback

Pesticides and the Immune System explores the health risks of pesticides, especially on the immune system. This book brings together a plethora of experimental and epidemiological research from around the world, documenting pesticides' effects on the immune system and the attendant health risks. This book is available on for $20.00 plus shipping and from the World Resources Institute (, also for $20.00 plus shipping.

Pest Management at the Crossroads - Pesticides as Carcinogens
Consumers Union
101 Truman Ave.
Yonkers, NY 10703-1057
Phone: (914) 378-2000
Washington Office:
1666 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 310
Washington, DC 20009-1039
Phone: (202) 462-6262

The Consumers Union is a non-profit publisher of consumer reports. They receive information from their advocacy offices, and this information is used to develop informative educational materials. Pest Management at the Crossroads is a book published by the Consumers Union and is available online. An individual can access the entire book by going to Other sections of the book include links to Parkinson's disease and a section called "Pesticides, Human health, and the Environment."



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