ERIC Number: ED450545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
"P" Is for Poison: Update on Pesticide Use in California Schools. CPR Series Report.
Olle, Teresa M.
This report reveals school pesticide use, pest management decision-making notification, and record keeping in California school systems. All 13 of the most populous school districts that responded to the survey reported using 1 or more of 42 particularly hazardous cancer-causing pesticides. The majority of California schools have failed to adopt and implement less-toxic means of pest control and have been either unable or unwilling to produce basic information about pesticide use in schools, leaving parents, teachers, and policymakers uninformed. Pesticide-linked trends in children's health continue to mount: about 8,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, and asthma has become the number one cause for student absenteeism. The report recommends that policymakers eliminate school use of pesticides which cause cancer, that school districts should implement policies which would eliminate use of cancer-causing pesticides, and that parents, teachers, and students should request information about pesticide use around their schools and participate in school pest management decision-making. Appendices present survey response information by school district, the active ingredients in highly toxic pesticides now being used in California school districts, biographies of the surveyed schools, a list of resources for further information, a model Integrated Pest Management policy, and study methodology. (GR)
For full text: http://www.pirg.org/calpirg/reports/toxics.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, San Francisco, CA.; California Wellness Foundation.; Clarence T. Heller Charitable Foundation, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: Californians for Pesticide Reform, San Francisco.; California Public Interest Research Group, San Francisco. Charitable Trust.
Identifiers - Location: California