For More Information About
Toxics (including pesticides)
and Alternatives (including organics)

Here are some of our favorite sources for information and collaborative
action towards a healthier, less-toxic world for everyone.

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Information and action on pesticides and alternatives

Information and action on toxics and health

Information and action on alternatives, including sustainable and organic agriculture

Other useful resources


* Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) <>
Great website, full of information. Newsletter; online mailing list. Lots of international work. Major projects on methyl bromide and alternatives; organic cotton; agricultural biotechnology; farmworkers and environmental justice; and World Bank monitoring in Indonesia and the Philippines. Information on many questions can be found with a keyword search on their PESTIS database. 49 Powell St., Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94102. (415) 981-1771.

* Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) <>
Excellent information on a wide range of pesticide topics, through their quarterly periodical, "Journal of Pesticide Reform" and via mail or by phone request. Includes information and action on: pesticides in schools; sustainable agriculture; pesticide use reporting; and disclosure of so-called "inert" ingredients. P.O.Box 1393, Eugene OR 97440. (541) 344-5044.

* Environmental Research Foundation <>
Publishes "Rachel's Environment and Health Weekly", distributed in print, on their web page, and by email list. Excellent weekly 2-page summary information on toxics and related topics - easy-to-understand, yet thorough and footnoted. Back issues available. P.O. Box 5036, Annapolis, MD 21403. (410) 263-1584.

* Environmental Working Group (EWG) <>
Does statistical analysis of data on pesticides, health, and the environment. Able to do air and water monitoring for contaminants. Their information and reports support groups to take action. 1718 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20009. (202) 667-6982. EWG California: P.O. Box 29201, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129. (415) 561-6698.

* National Pesticide Telecommunication Network <>
Information on specific pesticides - their toxicity, health effects, longevity, etc. Information tends to be more mainstream, i.e., less-detailed about the harmful aspects. Project of EPA and Oregon State University. No charge for phone call; small fee for information faxed or mailed. Every day, 6:30am - 4:30pm Pacific Time. (800) 858-7378.

* Pesticide Education Center <>
Dr. Marion Moses' organization. Includes information on her book, Designer Poisons, as well as videos with accompanying training manuals for educating farm workers about pesticides (in Spanish and English). (415) 391-8511. For orders, (800) PEC-FREE.

* Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR) <>
Coalition of more than 100 groups in California working to protect human health and the environment from the dangers of pesticides. Email alert list; members' meetings; reports and factsheets; speakers and slideshow; community organizing assistance; and some materials in Spanish. 49 Powell St., Suite 530, San Francisco, CA 94102. (415) 981-3939. In Calif. (888) CPR-4880.

* Pesticide Watch <>
Supports citizen groups in taking action in their area. And see their list of local groups and projects at <>, links to other groups at <>, and their publications at <>. 450 Geary St. Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94102. (415) 292-1486.

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* California Poison Control System
For 24-hour emergency poisoning help within California. All staff trained in toxicology. (800)-8POISON or (800) 876-4766.

* EPA Book: "Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings"
Free book with excellent information. All medical professionals should have as reference. Includes thorough symptom index. EPA 735R98003 (800) 490-9198.

* The New Jersey Hazardous Chemical Fact Sheets, <> (then use your browser's Find command).

* Breast Cancer Action <>
Acts politically and includes toxics issues in their work. Has newsletter. 55 New Montgomery St #323, San Francisco CA 94105.

* MCS Referral & Resources
Information on MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity). M-F, 9am-3pm. 508 Westgate Road, Baltimore, MD 21229. (410) 362-6400.

* Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) <>
Documents and exposes the hazards of the high-tech industry, to promote sustainability and accountability. Interactive maps show toxic hotspots throughout the South Bay. 760 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95112 (408) 287-6707 <>

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* Bio-Integral Resource Center (BIRC) <>
Good resource for less-toxic alternatives in a variety of settings, including home, parks, agriculture, etc. P.O. Box 7414, Berkeley, CA 94704. (510) 524-2567.

* Cornell University, Biological Control website <>
Photographs and descriptions of biological control (or biocontrol) agents of insect, disease and weed pests. Includes information on natural enemies of pest species, descriptions of the life cycles and habits, and more. Tutorial on the concept and practice of biological control and integrated pest management (IPM). For educators, commercial growers, students, researchers, and more.

* National Integrated Pest Management Network <>
This network promotes minimized pesticide use, enhanced environmental stewardship, and sustainable systems. Look here for information on less-toxic, systematic approaches to pest problems, by region.

* UC IPM Pest Control Guide <>
Pictures and recommendations, including alternatives.

* Alternatives <> (then use your browser's Find command).
This is the “Biological Pest Control” section on the Alternatives site ("an online library for social change").

* Sonoma County Waste Management Agency (Eco-Desk) <>
Excellent and specific information on: naturally managing pests; identifying household and business toxics, and disposing of them in a safe manner (including drop off dates and locations); local recycling options; home composting; and their green school (award) program (focussed mostly on waste and recycling issues). This includes this page with tips for less-toxic pest management <>. <> (707) 565-3579.

* Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) <>
A great resource for information on commercial sustainable agriculture. P.O. Box 3657, Fayetteville AR 72702. (800) 346-9140.

* Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) <>
Information, publications, and leads to other resources about sustainable agriculture. Includes information about their grants and their ongoing email list.

* Gardens Alive <>
They offer interesting alternative gardening products and claim "Environmentally responsible products that work."

* The Organic Trade Association (OTA) <>

* Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) <>

* Organic Gardening magazine and books, <>

* Chelsea Green Publishing Company <>
This site has some exciting-looking books, including about organic gardening and small-scale farming - such as growing apples and other tree fruits organically; CSAs; soil development; etc.

* Fields of Change: A New Crop of American Farmers Finds Alternatives to Pesticides. By Jennifer Curtis. July 1998. NRDC site <>.
Another book available by Jennifer Curtis is "Harvest of Hope: The Potential of Alternative Agriculture to Reduce Pesticide Use. May 1991. (120 pp., $17.95) See <> and look by title.

* National Association of State Departments of Agriculture <>
Detailed information on environmental laws affecting agriculture by state (for some states). Excellent links to agriculture websites and information, including techniques, media, and within the USDA. For information about and links to every U.S. state's Department of Agriculture, see <>.

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GOVERNMENT INFORMATION. Email is often an easy way to communicate your goals and concerns to your elected representatives. For a convenient list of some of the addresses that we know, see our Email Addresses for Political Action page. We've also included websites there, for you to find out more about their positions and actions on issues of your concern. For additional government information, see our Government Resources page.

ALLIES AND INFORMATION. Want to connect with other people who are exploring how to live healthy lives on this sacred planet? Want to learn more about the real issues with both toxic and healing agriculture, food, spirituality, and community? Then we highly recommend the annual Bioneers conference, which brings together top people and information on these topics, and we've found to be deeply healing and inspiring in its own right! This year, their conference is 10/29-31 in Marin County, California. For more information, see <>

GRANTS AND AWARDS. Looking for grants for projects reducing toxics and supporting organics? Want to be acknowledged with awards? Here are some leads that we've found <>. Please let us know if you know of more!

OTHER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS. An online database of 15,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 130 countries. <> Includes searchable information on the organizations' programs, publications, news, and job listings and volunteer opportunities. You can even add your own organization! All for free. A project of Action Without Borders. 

OF INTEREST! Republicans for Environmental Protection (REP) America. "National grassroots organization of Republicans who feel that a healthy economy can and must be achieved without doing harm to our environment." <>

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For Sonoma County resources, see Sonoma County Resources.

Want some book suggestions, to find out more about the above topics?
Then see our Recommended Books Page.

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