Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Beyond Pesticides

Beyond Pesticides “seeks safe air, water, land and food for ourselves and future generations”.  How do they do this?   In a number of ways:
  • Providing useful information on pesticides and alternatives to their use
  • Identifying the risks of conventional pest management practices (namely pesticides) and promoting non-chemical and least toxic management alternatives
  • Bringing the issue of pesticides to a policy forum in Washington, D.C.
  • Distributing a wide variety of materials, including a periodical, ongoing series, and a national conference.

Their site lists 17 issues relating to pesticide use, including Children and Schools, Invasive Weed Management, West Nile Mosquito Management, Genetic Engineering and Healthy Hospitals.  They have a wonderful list of “how-to” factsheets, a list of national and international organizations that work on pesticide-related issues (broken down by each state), and many, many resources including the following PDF on health and environmental effects caused by active ingredients in pesticides. 

Beyond Pesticides recently released a Youtube channel with presentations from this year’s National Pesticide Forum.   Topics include: Organic Land Management, Genetically Engineered Food, Organic: United We Stand, Pesticides 101, Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides and more!  Check out their channel here - http://www.youtube.com/user/bpncamp

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