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.
- The Safer Choice brochure. This brochure focuses on what you can do to manage your home, school, and community without poisoning your children, families, pets, and the environment. Download here.
- Healthy Homes and Communities presentation. Powerpoint presentation for individuals, community groups, and leaders interested in achieving a pest- and pesticide-free living environment. Download here.
- Safe, Pest-Free Apartment doorknob hanger. Your building doesn't need to use
Children and Pesticides
- Children and Pesticides Don't Mix. Children are especially vulnerable to pesticides. This factsheet cites scientific studies linking pesticides to children's health issues.
- Pesticides in Our Homes and Schools: Are They Dangerous to Our Children? Brochure on the dangers of, and alternatives to, pesticides used in schools.
- Asthma, Children and Pesticides: What you should know to protect your family. Download the color brochure version or the version with citations; also available en Español: el folleto a color, el folleto con citaciones.
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
- Pesticide Free Zones in Your Community. Download this brochure for information on how to create safe, pesticide-free places in your community, whether at the municipal, park, school, or backyard level. For more information, see our webpage, Lawns and Landscapes.
- Pesticide Free Zone yard signs. Show your neighbors that pesticide-free lawns, gardens, and parks are important for health and the environment (download the owner's manual). You can also order "Want a green lawn safe for children and pets?" doorknob hangers to get the word out in your community.
Pesticides and Health Care Facilities
- Healthy Health Care Facilities. Hospitals have a special obligation to demonstrate leadership in instituting effective and safer pest management in keeping with the medical profession's basic tenet of "first, do no harm."
- Healthy Hospitals: Managing Facilities Without Toxic Pesticides Through IPM webinar. Presenters include Jay Feldman, Beyond Pesticides; Tom Green, IPM Institute; and Lionel Weeks, Practice Green Health.
- Information for New Moms (and Dads!). Are you a new parent or are you planning to be one soon? See our video, Protecting Your New Baby from Pesticides (en Español), and brochure, Make your home safe for baby (en Español), with tips on food choices and safer pest management, specifically designed for new moms.
- 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).
- Find a Service Provider: Beyond Pesticides' Safety Source for Pest Management
- ManageSafe: Least-Toxic Control of Pests in the Home and Garden
- Eating with a Conscience: food guide explains why organic is the right choice
- Pesticide-Induced Diseases Database: document identifying a wide range of diseases — asthma, learning disabilities, birth defects, diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and cancer — linked to pesticides
- Pesticide Gateway: health and environmental effects, studies, links, and more
- Organizing Packet for Concerned Citizens: tips and important information for new activists
- Policies: state and local school policies, state IPM policies, local lawn and landscape policies
- State Pages: state and local information, including groups, government contacts, and more
- Safer Choice campaign information: Children and Schools, Lawns and Landscapes, Organic Agriculture and Food, Mosquito Management
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