|PAN has recently re-launched the new and improved Pesticide Info Database. To learn more about the launch and view a webinar explaining the new functionality and design, please visit our Pesticide Info Launch Webinar.|
Below it the archived information from the initial launch back in September, 2000.
Pesticide Action Network Updates Service (PANUPS)
* Aquatic ecotoxicity information, including acute toxicity ratings for major taxa groups such as amphibians, fishes, zooplankton and phytoplankton. This information was generated by evaluating more than 170,000 ecotoxicity studies collected by the U.S. EPA. In the near future, we also plan to include data on terrestrial plants and animals.
To build the PAN Pesticide Database, PAN staff collected information from literally hundreds of sources and then selected the most comprehensive and accurate of these datasets to include in the database. Integrating many datasets makes our database highly comprehensive, and allows us to cross check sources for accuracy.
Throughout the Web site, information is completely referenced and links to original data sources are provided. In addition to standard reference information, we also note when the dataset was last updated. For example, most cancer lists are updated only once per year, while new U.S. EPA-registered pesticide products are added on a daily basis. Technical terms and regulatory information are fully documented in easy-to-understand language for the first time user, with links to more in-depth information for the professional.
While the PAN Pesticide Database contains a large collection of pesticide information, there are many sections that PAN plans to expand further as time and resources permit. These include international regulatory information and local pesticide use data where available. The human health section could be expanded to include medical information (i.e., symptoms of poisoning) and specific organ effects of pesticide exposure. A chemistry section could be created to include breakdown pathways, chemical structures, and physical properties. Lastly, PAN plans to present information on pesticides commonly used on particular crops — important information for community groups wondering what they might be exposed to if they live next to a strawberry field, for example.
Finally, our end users are very important to us (that’s you!). Please let us know if you have particular data needs or know about some data sources we might have missed. Additionally, if you have data you would be willing to provide for incorporation into the PAN Pesticide Database, please let us know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
PANUPS is a weekly email news service providing resource guides and reporting on pesticide issues that don’t always get coverage by the mainstream media. It’s produced by Pesticide Action Network North America, a non-profit and non-governmental organization working to advance sustainable alternatives to pesticides worldwide.
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