When pesticides are sprayed they can drift and settle on playgrounds, porches, laundry, toys, pools, furniture and more. Some of the most toxic pesticides in use in the U.S. today are also the most drift prone, and yet this common route of exposure remains largely invisible.
PAN invented the Drift Catcher to address a void in the science around pesticide exposure: previously, farmworker and rural communities could describe being subject to pesticide drift and the illnesses that followed, but they had little proof. The Drift Catcher is a simple, inexpensive and scientifically robust device that collects air samples which can then be analyzed for pesticides. It enables farmworkers and community members to document and draw attention to otherwise invisible chemical exposures.