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).
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
Impacts of Conventional Pesticide Use on Worker Health (PDF)* - Rupali Das, MD, MPH, Occupational Health Branch, CDPH
Effects of Pesticides on Children’s Neurodevelopment (PDF)* - Kim Harley PhD, UC Berkeley, Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMACOS)
Pesticides in Dust from Homes in an Agricultural Area (PDF, 1.1 MB)* - Martha Harnly, MPH, Environmental Health Investigations Branch, CDPH
The IPM Continuum: Moving Toward Safer Alternatives (PDF)* - Peter Goodell, PhD, UC IPM
Convergence of Sustainable Agriculture and Public Health for a Safe and Healthy Food Economy (PDF)* - Margaret Reeves, PhD, Pesticide Action Network of North America
Objective 2: Explore potential barriers to growers in choosing to use reduced risk pesticides
Alternative Strategies to Manual Weeding and Conventional Pesticide-Based Weed Control (PDF, 1.8 MB)* - David Slaughter, PhD, UC Davis Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Citrus IPM: Managing Pests in a Real World System (PDF)* - Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell, PhD, IPM Specialist and Research Entomologist, UC Riverside
- Safe Pesticide Use in Agriculture – Critical Time-Concentration Issues - Robert Krieger, PhD, Cooperative Extension Toxicologist, UC Riverside (presentation not available)
Certification of Sustainable Farming Practices (PDF)* - Clifford Ohmart, PhD, from the Lodi Winegrape Commission
Objective 3: Explore safer technologies and develop strategies to promote the use of safer pest management alternatives in agriculture
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