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Occupational Pesticide Illness Prevention Program

Safer Alternatives for Pest Control in Agriculture - Making the Public Health Case for Change 

Conference, University of California, Davis, May 28, 2009

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, and the University of California (UC) Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) jointly sponsored a conference that brought together attendees and speakers from academia, the agricultural and insurance industries, non-governmental organizations, and state and local government. The varied speakers demonstrated the complex interactions of worker and community health, sustainable agriculture, and food production. A panel discussion followed the presentations and identified areas where future efforts should be focused.

For a summary of the ideas presented at the meeting with links to presentations, see Safer Alternatives for Pest Control Conference Summary (PDF).

Conference Presentations

Objective 1: Explore the public health impacts of pesticide use in agriculture, assess the options for safer alternatives, and worker hazards associated with alternative practices

Objective 2: Explore potential barriers to growers in choosing to use reduced risk pesticides

Objective 3: Explore safer technologies and develop strategies to promote the use of safer pest management alternatives in agriculture

Conference Partners


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