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LEARNING to Go Organic: Books, free reports and fact sheets

Access important publications to aid you on your journey away from dangerous chemical exposures through products, foods and practices. From books by some of the leading voices in the movement to how-to e-books, free reports and fact sheets you can download immediately, we recommend these for the top of your reading list.

 

The Pesticide Research Library – This website was established to make available information–primarily peer-reviewed scientific research and data–regarding the use of pesticides in relation to public health, wildlife and the environment.  This site also provides links to data regarding research related to pesticide use tracking to support a comprehensive, scientifically valid pesticide use database in the state of Maryland.

Public Health

Children & Environmental Toxins

What Everyone Needs to Know®

by Philip J. Landrigan and Mary M. Landrigan

An accessible guide to the chemical threats in children’s environments and food, authored by two of the foremost researchers and advocates in the field of pediatrics and environmental health. Practical, actionable advice for mitigating the threat of chemical toxins in one’s home and environment. An essential reference for parents, parents-to-be, community advocates, and anyone else committed to healthier children and a healthier environment

TWO BOOKS BY SANDRA STEINGRABBER

Raising Elijah

Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis

by Sandra Steingraber

Inspired by the 19th century abolitionist, Elijah Lovejoy, Raising Elijah calls for full-throated heroism in the face of the greatest moral crisis of our time: the environmental crisis.

Living Downstream

An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment

by Sandra Steingraber

An accessible guide to the chemical threats in children’s environments and food, authored by two of the foremost researchers and advocates in the field of pediatrics and environmental health. Practical, actionable advice for mitigating the threat of chemical toxins in one’s home and environment. An essential reference for parents, parents-to-be, community advocates, and anyone else committed to healthier children and a healthier environment

Poison Spring

The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA

by E.G. Vallianatos, with McKay Jenkins

Imagine walking into a restaurant and finding chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides or neonicotinoid insecticides listed in the description of your entree. They may not be printed in the menu, but many are in your food.

Report: A Generation in Jeopardy

How pesticides are undermining our children’s health & intelligence

Published 2013

Pesticides: The Risks, Prevention & Healthier Choices

A Resource Guide

This unique, comprehensive resource guide identifies where pesticides are found—from breast milk to cosmetic and cleaning products, to outdoor wood structures. The guide also explains the risks of exposure and is filled with tips on alternative products and methods.

Report: Maryland Children’s Environmental Health Progress Report 2013

Presents the human health case for protective policies addressing pesticides, toxic chemicals, air and water pollution, hydraulic fracturing for natural gas extraction (fracking), and climate change. Despite progress in many areas, critical protections for Maryland children are still needed to protect them at school, at play, and at home.

Pollinators

Report: Food retailer scorecard 20 out of 25 fail to protect bees and people from toxic pesticides, March 2018

Only a few companies are taking responsibility for their role in the bee crisis. U.S. food retailers need to work with their suppliers to eliminate pollinator-toxic pesticides and expand domestic organic offerings.

A Guide to Saving Bees in Your Back Yard & Beyond, Nov. 2017

Gardeners Beware: Bee-Toxic Pesticides Found in “Bee-Friendly” Plants Sold at Garden Centers Across the U.S. January 1, 2016

New report finds 28 percent decrease in toxic pesticides in “bee-friendly” plants and shows that retailer commitments are shifting the market.

Fact Sheet: Protecting Bees from Neonics in Your Garden

Fact Sheet: Neonicotinoid-Free Consumer Pesticide Products for 30 Common Pest Problems

Fact Sheet: Suppliers of Neonic‐free Pollinator Safe Habitat Seeds & Plants

Healthy Soil

Report: Farming for the Future Organic and Agroecological Solutions to Feed the World

June, 2016

The science is clear: Feeding the world sustainably requires that we protect the ecological resources that are essential for producing food now and in the future. What’s more, research consistently shows that hunger is not a problem of overall supply of food, but results from poverty, lack of democracy and unequal access to land, water and other resources. Rather than producing more food under unequal and ecologically destructive conditions, the solution to hunger hinges on creating a more sustainable, democratic and fair food system for all.

Waterways

Report: Water Hazard Aquatic Contamination by Neonicotinoid Insecticides in The United States

Sept. 2015

Report: Water Hazard 2.0 Continued Aquatic Contamination by Neonicotinoid Insecticides in the United States

May 2014

Pesticide and the Maryland Chesapeake Bay Watershed

2009 White Paper examining the impact of pesticides on the Bay watershed and proposing a range of actions, both to address key data gaps and to reduce pesticide contamination of Bay waters.

Food and GMOs

Report: New Shopper’s Guide to Synthetic Biology Are GMOs 2.0 in your food and cosmetics?

Gene-silenced apples that never look old, synthetic stevia created with genetically engineered algae — these are just some of the new generation of GMOs that companies are sneaking into food and consumer products.

Gardening

Fact Sheet: The Healthy Garden Alternative: Its Easier Than You Think

A guide to creating beautiful gardens that protect our bay, our families, and our pets.

Pest Management

Got Bed Bugs? Don’t Panic.

Bed bugs do not transmit disease and can be controlled without toxic pesticides