Resource Pointer #151
December 1, 1997
For copies of the following resources, please contact
the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.
*Health Effects from Pesticide Use in Costa Rica: An
Epidemiological Approach, 1997.* Catharina Wesseling.
Investigates health effects from pesticides based on
data about banana plantation workers, and finds that
young workers and women are at highest risk of
occupational poisonings. Examines links between
pesticide exposure and cancer, finding that pesticide
use was associated with increased cancer incidence in
most rural areas of Costa Rica. Estimates that every
year 1.5% of agricultural workers suffer work-related
pesticide poisoning requiring medical attention. 308 pp.
For cost and ordering information, contact Dr. Catharina
Wesseling, Programa de Plaguicidas, Universidad
Nacional, Box 86-3000, Heredia, Costa Rica; email
*Herbicides in Asian Rice: Transitions in Weed
Management, 1996.* Rosamond Naylor, ed. Compiles papers
about herbicide use in Asia by agricultural scientists,
economists and policy analysts, and examines health and
environmental implications of pesticide use. Includes
chapters on how herbicides affect farmers' health, soil
microbiology, aquaculture and the environment, and
discusses integrated weed management systems in Asia.
260 pp. International Rice Research Institute (IRRI),
P.O. Box 933, Manila 1099, Philippines; phone (63-2)
845-0563; fax (63-2) 891-1292; email
*Ecological Applications, November 1997.* (Periodical).
Publication of the Ecological Society of America.
November issue focuses on whether ecological studies are
relevant to pesticide registration decisions, and
investigates whether single-species toxicity tests
provide enough information to regulators. Discusses
information needs for pesticide registration in U.S. and
includes articles on risk assessment, ecological risk
analysis, multispecies toxicity tests, ecological
effects of herbicides and field studies on pesticides
and birds. Subscription information: US$40 plus
membership fees to Ecological Society of America (ESA).
ESA, 2010 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Suite 400, Washington,
DC 20036; phone (202) 833-8773; fax (202) 833-8775;
email email@example.com; http://esa.sdsc.edu.
*Residues in Fresh Produce: 1995, 1997.* California
Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). Summarizes
pesticide residue surveillance program in California and
provides general information about pesticides found in
produce. Shows how many produce samples contained
residues below and above established tolerance levels,
and lists which pesticides were found in produce. 49 pp.
US$9. California DPR, Pesticide Enforcement Branch, 1020
N Street, Room 300, Sacramento, CA 95814-5624; phone
(916) 445-3920; http://www.cdpr.ca.gov.
*Pesticide Safety for Non-Certified Mixers, Loaders and
Applicators, 1997.* U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA). Presents basic, lay-language information about
pesticide safety in Spanish and English with
illustrations. Explains how to understand pesticide
labels, provides guidelines for pesticide accident first
aid, and describes safety precautions for workers using
pesticides. 31 pp. No charge. Pesticide Farm Safety
Staff (TS-757C), Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. EPA,
401 M Street, SW, Washington, DC 20460; phone (703) 557-
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