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Environmental Health Resources
Effects of Fertilizers & Pesiticides on Human Health

This page contains electronic materials published by various institutions, which can be used as teaching resources. Some of the resources are general and some others specific to subjects presented in each PULSE unit.

For Teachers & Students

PANNA (Pesticide Action Network North America) works to replace pesticide use with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. As one of five PAN Regional Centers worldwide, we link local and international consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens' action network. This network challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends basic rights to health and environmental quality, and works to insure the transition to a just and viable society. Pesticides are hazardous to human health and the environment, undermine local and global food security and threaten agricultural biodiversity.

Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) has artciles on adverse effects of fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Fertilizers, Water Quality, and Human Health HTML | PDF
  • Studying Health Outcomes in Farmworker Populations Exposed to Pesticides HTML | PDF
  • Work Characteristics and Pesticide Exposures among Migrant Agricultural Families: A Community-Based Research Approach HTML | PDF
  • Pesticide/Fertilizer Mix II (California) HTML
  • Fertilizing or Contaminating? HTML
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    The National Pesticide Information Center <http://npic.orst.edu/index.html> has a mission to deliver objective science-based information about a variety of pesticide related issues to the public and professionals.
    National Pesticide Information Center
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    The Pesticides and the Environment webpage was developed for the Arizona Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture, The University of Arizona. Pesticides may be useful when non-chemical methods fail to provide adequate control of pests and when pest populations reach a level of economic injury. Information on pesticides and the law, safety precautions, organic gardening, home gardening verse commercial pesticides, and much more can be studied on this webpage.

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    Malathion Medical Research <http://www.chem-tox.com/malathion/research/index.htm#index> is an electronic resource filled with research located from the University of Florida and University of South Florida Medical Libraries. Contrary to what the public is being told by the Agriculture Industry and some governmental agencies, scientists are stating that malathion (even at low levels) is in fact, a harmful chemical. Read more.
    Malathion Medical Research

    The Fertilizer Institute is the leading voice in the fertilizer industry, representing the public policy, communication and statistical needs of producers, manufacturers, retailers and transporters of fertilizer. Issues at TFI include security, the environment, worker health and safety, and conservation programs to promote the use of enhanced efficiency fertilizer. Brochure PDF File on The Fertilizer Institute

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    The Nutrients for Life Foundation http://www.nutrientsforlife.org/ a not-for-profit organization, was formed to educate consumers about the impact fertilizers, also known as plant nutrients, have on our environment, our crops, our foods and our health. Because the majority of Americans are generations off the farm, and farmers make up less than one percent of the United States workforce, we generally don’t think about where our food comes from. With this in mind, the Nutrients for Life Foundation is committed to helping the public understand the vital role fertilizers play in food production. The mission of Nutrients for Life Foundation is to provide science-based information about fertilizers in an effort to improve understanding of how the responsible use of fertilizers can improve the health of our soil, the plants that grow in it, and, ultimately, the foods that we eat.

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    International Fertolizer Industry Association <http://www.fertilizer.org/ifa/> and many other organizations across the world are producing great educational resources on agriculture, crop nutrition and fertilizers. The aims of this website are to spread the word about these resources so they become more easily accessible and to encourage networking to improve youth education on the issues surrounding fertilizers and food production. Available in Chinese.
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