Reports Archive

This report presents the results of an air monitoring experiment in Watsonville, located in Santa Cruz County, California. Between November 3 and November 12, 2014, a total of 18 12-hour samples were collected at a residence in Watsonville adjacent to two chloropicrin applications on two fields that occurred on November 3 and November 5.     Download as a PDF » Read more
Kids today are sicker than they were a generation ago, and a growing body of scientific evidence points to pesticides as a reason why. From childhood cancers to learning disabilities and asthma, a wide range of childhood diseases and disorders are on the rise. Download A Generation in Jeopardy, PAN's report reviewing dozens of recent scientific studies on the impacts of pesticides on children's health. If you'd like printed copies of the... Read more
This report presents the results of monitoring for airborne pesticides conducted between June 2006 and August 2009 in central Minnesota. Overall, the results of the study indicate that for several months each summer, central Minnesota residents in potato-growing areas are regularly exposed to low to moderate lovels of the commonly used fungicide chlorothalonil in air. View as PDF » Read more
Honey Bees and Pesticides: State of the Science, a 22-page report on the factors behind colony collapse disorder (CCD) with a sustained focus on the particular role of pesticides. The report documents evidence that pesticides are a key factor in explaining honey bee declines, both directly and in tandem with two leading co-factors, pathogens and poor nutrition. These studies, in U.S. and in Europe, have shown that small amounts of neonicotinoids—... Read more
Malaria is one of the major global health problems and has a devastating impact on many populations, particularly in Africa. The main tools and strategies currently employed to control malaria are medicines for its prevention and treatment, and chemicals to control the mosquito vectors. Chemical strategies focus on insecticide treated nets and indoor residual spraying. But these chemical applications pose established and suspected risks for human health... Read more
PAN International releases this report during unprecedented and simultaneous disruptions in the major world systems upon which we all depend: climate, ecosystems and economies. These disruptions threaten the livelihoods and lives of many people around the world, and especially those in developing countries. However, this period offers an urgent stimulus for a rethinking of the architecture of our world’s fundamental systems, and for solutions that... Read more
The Syngenta corporation invented the herbicide atrazine and is its primary manufacturer. The corporation is certainly one of atrazine’s most ardent defenders and promoters. One of the most commonly detected pesticides in U.S. ground and surface water, many scientists are increasingly concerned about the human health and ecosystem impacts of atrazine. Atrazine is a known “endocrine disruptor” that is linked to reproductive harm and... Read more
In 1998 the World Bank adopted a binding policy on pest management requiring the Bank to assist borrower countries in reducing farmers’ reliance on chemical pesticides and encourage the adoption of farmer-driven, ecologically-based integrated pest management systems (IPM). Yet in the five years since Operational Policy 4.09 on Pest Management was formally adopted, the Bank has struggled to translate its written policy into meaningful and... Read more
Lindane has been targeted for a ban by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 1977, but has somehow managed to stay on the market. Meanwhile more than 50 countries have banned this dangerous chemical. What are the forces behind the survival of this old and dangerous pesticide in the U.S.? View as PDF »   Read more
Led by Zambia and India, more and more countries in the Global South are spurning genetically modified (GM) food aid, and questioning the wisdom of a corporate-controlled food system. Even when facing widespread famine, Zambia refused genetically contaminated food aid from the U.S., after a review by its scientists showed insufficient evidence to demonstrate the safety of GM foods. View as PDF »   Read more
Analysis of pesticide drift reveals that several widely used pesticides are regularly found far from where they are applied, at levels that significantly exceed exposure levels deemed “safe” by regulatory agencies. Virtually everywhere pesticides are used, they drift away from their intended target and can persist for days and even months after application. These “second-hand pesticides,” like secondhand cigarette smoke, can... Read more
In the spring of 2006, farm worker community members tested the air at two different locations in the Yakima Valley with the assistance of the Farm Worker Pesticide Project (FWPP) and Pesticide Action Network (PAN). We tested for dangerous levels of chlorpyrifos, the key ingredient in the insecticide Lorsban, which is widely used in apple, cherry and pear orchards. View as PDF »   Read more
A class of toxic chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are among the most dangerous compounds ever produced. They include industrial chemicals, byproducts of manufacturing processes and waste incineration, and pesticides that have been linked to devastating human health consequences. Despite their hazards, POPs continue to be produced, used and stored in many countries. Because they are long-lasting and travel long distances in global... Read more
Each year, more than 200 million pounds of pesticides are used in California. They are applied in schools, in and around our homes, on roadsides, and on farmland. Picked up by winds and water, these chemicals spread to nearly every corner of the state and are commonly found in the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. View as PDF »   Read more
Fields of Poison, a joint report by United Farm Workers, PAN and the California Legal Rural Assistance Foundation, reveals that weak enforcement of pesticide-related worker health and safety laws remains a serious problem in California. The report analyzes the state's pesticide poisoning data and finds that pesticide safety laws fail to protect many of the state’s 700,000 farmworkers from poisonings even when the laws are apparently followed... Read more
 Thirty-seven years after Rachel Carson's eloquent warning to the world about the devastating effect pesticides have on birds and beneficial insects, pesticides continue to be a pervasive and insidious threat to California's ecosystems. A massive chemical assault on our environment is launched each year by California's residents, farmers, and official agencies, as we apply hundreds of millions of pounds of pesticide active ingredients... Read more
Many U.S. residents carry toxic pesticides in their bodies at levels above what the government says are “acceptable.” Chemical Trespass: Pesticides in Our Bodies and Corporate Accountability is an analysis of pesticide-related data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a study of chemicals measured in the bodies of thousands of people nationwide. PAN explores tools for determining the accountability of pesticide... Read more
California is famous for its citrus, but at what cost to the health of children and families who live in agricultural areas? A new study proves that one of the most hazardous pesticides— even when applied according to state regulations—is found in the bodies of people who live near orange groves. View as PDF » Read more
This report is designed to be a useful resource for individuals, organizations and institutions interested in adopting least-toxic Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods in urban and suburban settings. It is divided into two equally important parts: case studies of successful IPM programs and a set of appendices that provide useful contacts for IPM programs, IPM consultants and organizations working towards pesticide reduction. View as PDF... Read more