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Alan Wood's Compendium of Pesticide Common Names

This compendium provides a list of the common names of pesticides, their classification, and basic chemical information for each pesticide, including CAS registration numbers, technical chemical names and chemical structures.

American Bird Conservancy

The American Bird Conservancy is a non-profit dedicated to the conservation of wild birds and their habitats in the Americas, including news and publications on pesticides and birds.

Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity works through science, law and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction. They have many action campaigns including pesticide reduction.

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports' new guidelines for pesticides in produce show you how to make the best choices for your health and for the environment. Download their Rules to Shop By: a risk guide for conventional produce. Their report, Eat the peach, not the pesticide provides produce guidelines to show you how to make the best choices for your health and for the environment.

PANNA Pesticides Database

This database by the Pesticide Action Network of North America compiles pesticide toxicity and regulatory information.  It is searchable by chemical or by product, and also provides poisoning diagnostics for clinicians, aquatic ecotoxicity, less toxic alternatives, and California data on pesticide usage by crop and county, and potential exposure by air.

Purdue Extension - List of Bee Toxic Pesticides

This is a listing of the most bee-toxic pesticides.

Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Environmental Working Group has ranked 48 fruits and vegetables by pesticide residue levels, based on USDA data. The worst and best are known as the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen.

What's on My Food

What's on My Food is a project of the Pesticide Action Network. It is a searchable database designed to make the public problem of pesticide exposure visible and more understandable. It includes nearly 300 pesticides and their metabolites as measured by the USDA and more than 100 foods.

Xerces Society

The Xerces Society is a non-profit organization that protects wildlife through thte conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. The Society's pesticide publications translate complex science, so that farmers, agency staff, and policy makers can make informed decisions about pesticide use and regulation.

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National Organizations

Beyond Pesticides (BP)

Formerly the National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides, Beyond Pesticides works to reduce and eliminate the use of toxic pesticides by identifying the risks of conventional pest management practices and promoting non-chemical and least toxic management alternatives. The organization's primary goal is to effect change through local action, assisting individuals and community-based organizations to stimulate discussion on the hazards of toxic pesticides, while providing information of safe alternatives.

Center for Food Safety

The Center for Food Safety is a non-profit organization focusing on harmful food production technologies and promoting sustainable alternatives. Pesticide-related issues include genetic engineering in agriculture, organic food, food labeling, pollinators, endangered species, nanotechnology, and concentrated livestock operations. Find out how you can take action.

Earthjustice

Earthjustice uses the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. Access legal documents and other items relating to pesticides.

EPA Pesticide Chemical Search

Find out the reregistration/registration review status of individual pesticides and metabolites.  This is searchable by chemical name, CAS registration number or EPA's PC code.  Find out the pesticide registration application status for new active ingredients and new uses, and find out what pesticide-related issues are open for public comment.

EPA Pesticide InertFinder

This is a database of substances approved for use as "inert" ingredients in pesticide products. It is searchable by chemical name, partial name, or CAS registration number, and provides information on the approval status of substances used as inert ingredients for use in food use, nonfood use and fragrance-use pesticide products and food use tolerance information.

Farmworker Justice

Farmworker Justice is a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their living and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice. Pesticide-related resources include links to information about pesticide regulation (FIFRA), worker protection standards, bilingual pesticide labeling, pesticide safety, children and pesticides, and effects on reproductive health.

National Pesticide Information Center

This database maintained by Oregon State University contains lots of information on various aspects of pesticides, including fact sheets on active ingredients and other topics. It also includes emergency phone numbers for human or animal poisoning.

National Pesticide Information Retrieval System (NPIRS)

Find out what federally registered pesticide products contain a particular pesticide active ingredient, what active ingredients are in a particular pesticide product, or the registration status of a product.  It is searchable by EPA registration number, product name, company name or active ingredient as well as searchable by state.

Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP)

NCAP promotes healthy solutions to pest problems by providing information on alternatives, advocating reduced use, and more.

Organic Consumers Association

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics.

Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)

PANNA is one of five PAN regional centers worldwide, focusing on pesticide issues in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, and links local and international consumers, labor, health, environmental, and agricultural groups into an international citizen's action network that works to replace pesticide use with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives.

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State Organizations

Beyond Pesticides (BP)

BP provides state-specific links here, including news stories, local organizations, school pesticide policies, regulatory contacts and least-toxic pest control operators.

Alaska
Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT)

ACAT is a statewide environmental health and justice organization advocating for environmental and community health and working to eliminate the production and release of harmful chemicals including pesticides, ensure the public's right-to-know, achieve policies based on the precautionary principle, and support the rights of Indigenous peoples.

California
California Safe Schools

CSS spearheaded the most stringent schools pesticide use policy in the nation, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), at the Los Angeles Unified School District. IPM uses low risk methods to aradicate insects, weeds and other pests, eliminating a major source of indoor and outdoor pollution.

Californians for Alternatives to Toxics

Californians for Alternatives to Toxics' mission is to enable the public to gain control over pesticides and other toxic chemicals within the environment of California in ways that will benefit people around the world with emphasis on pesticides in forests and public lands including watersheds, wildlife, agriculture, schools and public places, and home and garden.

Californians For Pesticide Reform

Californians For Pesticide Reform is a coalition of over 185 public interest groups dedicated to protecting human health and the environment from the dangers of pesticide use.

Pesticide Free Zone

Formed in 1997 as the Marin Beyond Pesticides Coalition with the coming together of 44 Marin organizations and businesses working to change the way people view and use pesticides. Their goal today is to reduce the use of pesticides in schools and in private homes.  An interactive map (click on National on the left menu) provides links to local organizations by state.

Pesticide Watch Education Fund (PWEF)

PWEF provides organizing and strategy assistance to individuals and groups working to eliminate pesticide use in their communities, serve as a clearinghouse of information on the problems associated with pesticides and their non-toxic alternatives, offer referrals to technical experts, and serve as regional coordinators for Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR).

Connecticut
Connecticut Families Against Chemical Trespass (ConnFACT)

ConnFACT formed to continue to fight to protect everyday citizens from the hazards of toxic chemicals, with a campaign against lawn pesticides.

Illinois
Midwest Pesticide Action Center

The Midwest Pesticide Action Center works to reduce the health risks and environmental impact of pesticides by promoting safer alternatives.

Indiana
Improving Kid's Environment (IKE)

IKE's goal is to reduce both pests and pesticide exposures, and to ensure that parents who are concerned about pesticide use in schools are notified so they can take appropriate action.

Maryland
Maryland Pesticide Network

Maryland Pesticide Network is a grassroots coalition of 28 organizations in Maryland dedicated to protecting the public and the environment from toxic pesticides and promoting healthy alternatives.

Minnesota
Minnesota Environmental Action Network

The Minnesota Environmental Action Network is a network of conservation and environment non-profits working together with the Minnesota Environmental Partnership to mobilize Minnesota citizens on many issues.

New Jersey
New Jersey Environmental Federation

The New Jersey Environmental Federation works with Clean Water Action to reduce children's exposure to pesticides and other toxic chemicals.

North Carolina
Toxic Free North Carolina

Toxic Free North Carolina is dedicated to clean water, safe food, and a sustainable future for North Carolina.

Washington
Washington Toxics Coalition

The Washington Toxics Coalition protects public health and the environment with links to fact sheets about pesticides and other toxic chemicals.

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International Organizations

Pesticide Action Network International (PAN-International)

PAN is an international coalition that works to replace toxic pesticides with ecologically sound alternatives.  They have regional centers in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe (Germany, United Kingdom), Latin America and North America.

Pesticide Action Week

The Pesticide Action Week is an annual and international event, open to everyone, with the aim to promote alternatives to pesticides. The campaign takes place during the  first ten days of every spring when usually the spreading of pesticides resumes. They have put together a new resource pack offering practical advice to pregnant women and parents to be on how to reduce exposure to chemicals and pesticides in daily lives. 

Pesticide Free Groups Across Canada

Link here to groups and associations involved in "pesticide free" initiatives in Canada.

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