PANUPS: Resource Pointer #132

                         P A N U P S
                   Pesticide Action Network 
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                       Updates Service

Resource Pointer #132

July 2, 1997

For copies of the following resources, please contact 
the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.


*Reducing Reliance of Pesticides in Great Lakes Basin 
Agriculture, 1997.* Polly Hoppin, Richard Liroff and 
Michelle Miller. Outlines adverse health and 
environmental impacts of pesticide use in U.S. Great 
Lakes Basin, provides lists of commonly used pesticides 
in this region and describes human exposures to 
pesticides through water, air and food. Discusses 
economically viable ways to reduce pesticides and 
documents range of on-farm pesticide reduction practices 
that are currently used in Great Lakes region. 
Highlights policy tools for reducing pesticides and 
focuses on how concerned citizens, farmers, policy 
makers and others can work together to achieve these 
aims. Describes regional and local initiatives to reduce 
pesticides in Great Lakes Basin. 113 pp. US$16.50 plus 
$3 shipping. World Wildlife Fund, P.O. Box 4866, Hampden 
Post Office, Baltimore, MD 21211; phone (410) 516-6951; 
fax (410) 516-6998.

*The Myths and Realities of Pesticide Reduction: A 
Reader's Guide to Understanding the Full Economic 
Impacts, 1997.* Edward Jaenicke. Examines studies on the 
economic effects of pesticide restrictions, focusing on 
how these studies confuse consumers and policy makers. 
Provides brief overview of these studies' findings 
regarding pesticide regulations in U.S. and Europe, many 
of which conclude that farmers and consumers would 
suffer from chemical reductions. Finds that many studies 
do not examine benefits that could accrue from reducing 
pesticides nor take into account that farmers adapt to 
regulations. Presents suggestions for what to look for 
when reading pesticide reduction studies, including how 
effects of reduction are calculated, how costs are 
calculated, whether environmental and health benefits 
are considered and whether researchers take into account 
where and how crops are grown as a result of reduction. 
35 pp. US$6. Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative 
Agriculture, 9200 Edmonston Road, Suite 117, Greenbelt, 
MD 20770; phone (301) 441-8777; fax (301) 220-0164; 
email hawiaa@access.digex.net.

*Reducing Reliance: A Review of Pesticide Reduction 
Initiatives, 1997.* Meriel Watts and Ronald Macfarlane. 
Examines pesticide use reduction policies worldwide, 
including national and local initiatives in Asia, 
Europe, North America and Cuba. Discusses advantages and 
disadvantages of range of policies, including reduction 
targets for volume and application frequency, transition 
to integrated pest management and transition to organic. 
Presents brief descriptions of pesticide policies in 
many countries and cities worldwide. Recommends 
important elements of successful use reduction policies, 
including accurate measures of progress, ongoing 
research, supportive policy environment and training of 
extension workers. 93 pp. For cost and ordering 
information, contact Pesticide Action Network Asia and 
the Pacific, P.O. Box 1170, 10850 Penang, Malaysia; 
phone (6-04) 657-0271; fax (6-04) 657-7445; email 
panap@panap.po.my; http://www.poptel.org.uk/panap.

*Adding Values to Our Food System: An Economic Analysis 
of Sustainable Community Food Systems, 1997.* Integrity 
Systems Cooperative Co. for U.S. Department of 
Agriculture. Presents findings of year-long study on 
economic viability of sustainable community food systems 
-- where food is grown, processed, distributed and 
consumed locally. Discusses characteristics of 
sustainable agriculture farms, crop yields, production 
costs, farm income and processing and distribution 
systems. Finds that community-scale food systems can be 
cost competitive if designed in creative ways that 
market directly to consumers. 86 pp. US$24.95. Integrity 
Systems, 7101 Goodwin Road, Everson, WA 98247; phone 
(360) 966-2504; fax (360) 966-7037; executive summary 
available online: http://sunsite.unc.edu/farming-

*Make the Connection: Health and Environment, 1997.* 
Health & Environment Resource Center. Three volume 
series describes hazards of pesticides and household 
products and provides information about least toxic 
alternatives. Includes brief overviews of common 
household pesticides and discusses alternative control 
practices for range of home and garden pests. 
Information presented in lay language. US$12 for set. 
Health & Environment Resource Center, P.O. Box 519. 
Bettendorf, IA 52722; phone (319) 344-4816; email 

We encourage those interested in having resources listed 
in the Online Resource Pointer to send review copies of 
publications, videos or other sources to our office 
(address listed below) or to contact Information Program 
Associate Adam Kirshner for further information.  

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