Pesticides Matter: Resources
1. Prevent Exposure at Home
- U.S. EPA’s Citizen's Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety highlights important non-chemical pest control methods and tips on using pesticides safely. May 13, 2016.
- Natural Resources Defense Council’s How to Control Fleas Without Chemicals site provides practical advice to pet owners on non-toxic ways to control fleas. January 22, 2016.
- Environmental Working Group’s 2016 Shoppers Guide to Pesticides gives recommendations on which foods to buy organic, including the dirty dozen and clean fifteen.
- Columbia's Center for Children's Environmental Health provides a brochure on how integrated pest management in the home can reduce your family's exposure to pesticides. The brochure is available in English and Spanish.
- The California Department of Public Health's Occupational Pesticide Illness Prevention Program (OPIPP) has published a pesticide hazard alert about getting rid of bed bugs safely after reports of illnesses among works who applied pesticides to treat bed bugs and among hotel and maintenance workers who entered rooms after they were treated.
- If you live in California, find farmers' markets near you and learn which ones accept WIC and SNAP/EBT and which ones offer Market Match here.
2. Prevent Exposure at Work
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention warns about Pesticide Illness and Injury Prevention and the 10,000-20,000 physician-diagnosed pesticide poisonings occur each year among the approximately 2 million U.S. agricultural workers.
- Learn how working with pesticides impacts women's fertility from Environmental Health News.
- An article from the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals discusses the environmental impacts on reproductive health while in the workplace.
For more information on workplace exposure and safety, visit the Work Matters page.