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The Safer Choice

How to Avoid Hazardous Home, Garden, Community, and Food Use Pesticides

Pesticides are widely used in homes and communities without complete public knowledge about the harm that they cause to children, pets, and the environment. There are alternatives to pesticides for effective management of insects, rodents and weeds without exposing your family to harmful toxic chemicals.

Children and Pesticides

Food Choices and Diet

  • Feeding Your Family Organic . . . Affordably. This brochure offers "how-tos" on shopping and preparing healthful organic food for you and your family without breaking the bank.
  • The Cost of Organic Food. Organic food may appear to be more expensive at the retail level, but there are many hidden costs associated with chemically intensive agriculture. "The Real Story on the Affordability of Organic Food," from the Fall 2011 issue of Pesticides and You, takes a close look at the cost of organic food versus its chemically intensive, conventional counterpart.
  • Organic Food: Eating with a Conscience. This database shows how our food choices have a direct effect not only on our health, but also, on the health of our planet and those who grow and harvest what we eat.

Pesticide Free Zones

Pesticides and Health Care Facilities

Bed Bugs

  • Bed Bugs: Don't Panic. The recent bed bug resurgence across the U.S. has people taking desperate measures to eradicate these tenacious bloodsuckers, sometimes using dangerous pesticides and fly-by-night exterminators. These measures pose dangers greather than any perceived short-term benefit.
  • Bed Bug Factsheet for Homeowners and Tenants. Although there is no "magic bullet" solution for bed bug eradication, there are many ways to control them effectively without the use of dangerous chemical pesticides.
  • Bed Bugs in Public Housing. A factsheet for building managers, this brochure discusses guidelines for prevention, monitoring, and intervention (designed to be printed on 8 1/2 x 14" paper).

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