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Sixteen Organizations Recognized for Significant Progress in Reducing Pesticide Risk

Release Date: 10/16/2003
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David Deegan 617-918-1017 /

(10/16/03) EPA’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) has selected 16 members of the program as “PESP Champions” of 2003 for their extraordinary level of commitment to protecting the environment and human health. PESP is a voluntary partnership with pesticide users to implement pollution prevention strategies. The champions were selected based on their outstanding efforts promoting integrated pest management (IPM) and advancing pollution prevention. The groups employed the following strategies to reduce the health and environmental risks associated with pesticide use: sampling to accurately determine pest population levels; training and demonstrating IPM practices; employing cultural practices such as crop rotation or removing food and habitat for structural pests; controlling or managing pests through biologically-based technologies; applying less toxic or reduced-risk pesticides such as insect growth regulators; and using conventional pesticides only when absolutely necessary. The 16 members designated as PESP Champions of 2003 are: American Mosquito Control Association, Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary Program, California Tomato Commission, California Almond Board, Gerber Products Company, Glades Crop Care Inc., Lodi-Woodbridge Wine Grape Commission, Low Input Viticulture and Enology of Oregon, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Massey Services Inc., Michigan Asparagus Research Inc., Monroe County School Corp., Pebble Beach Company, U.S. Department of Defense, University of Wisconsin’s Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and Walnut Marketing Board. Established in 1994 with 16 charter partners, today there are over 130 PESP members nationwide. For more information on EPA’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program, go to: .