Pesticide Watch Education Fund

Sacramento, CA   |  www.pesticidewatch.org

Mission

The mission of Pesticide Watch Education Fund is to work side-by-side with California residents to prevent pesticide exposure, promote local farming and build healthier communities.

Ruling year info

1995

Principal Officer

Mr. Paul Towers

Main address

1107 9TH St Ste 601

Sacramento, CA 95814

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EIN

95-4322048

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Community Assistance Project

Toxic pesticide use is pervasive in California. Pesticides are used across the state on agricultural fields; in homes, parks, schools, and forests; and along roadways. As a result, we now find pesticides in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink.
 
When governmental regulators are slow to act and legislators are slow to do the right thing, regular people are often left to take matters into their own hands. And we know that without an active, informed citizenship, special interests can dominate decision-making processes on local, state, and national levels. When they join together to make their concerns heard, ordinary citizens can do extraordinary things.  They have the power to hold polluters accountable, work with government to take action, and create vibrant communities.
 
Through the Community Assistance Project, Pesticide Watch Education Fund
works to empower community groups with the skills and strategies needed
to develop and implement effective campaigns to address pesticide
threats. Pesticide Watch Education Fund receives numerous calls and emails from individuals concerned about the impact of pesticides on our environment and health. After we are contacted by a community, our staff meets with the concerned residents and works with them to build a strategic campaign. We support the efforts of these community groups by providing organizing assistance, information and research, a broad network of experts of activists, and conferences and trainings.

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Changing the food system is critical and urgent due to its impact on our health and environment and provides opportunities to build community in the process.The Sacramento Region, for example, is an agricultural area with the potential to better secure their food supply from local sources, promote improved health through a connection with that food, and reduce obesity. The Sacramento Region is also at the center of two of the state’s largest river systems, the Sacramento River and the American River, and these feed into the environmentally sensitive San Joaquin Delta, and also a prime agricultural area itself.And the Sacramento Region is at a tipping point. Just a few points illustrate the challenges the region faces:  Agricultural land loss is extreme. According to the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, over 200,000 acres of prime farm land were lost between 1998 and 2005. While the current economic recession has slowed growth, new housing and businesses projects are slated to develop thousands of new acres of farming and range land in the coming years.
Obesity is pervasive. Sacramento area consumers are 2.6 times more likely to find unhealthy food on the shelf of their local store. Also, low-income residents, and communities of color are much more likely to experience higher rates of asthma, as well as lack of access to healthy food
Good food leaves the region. Almost 98% of food is exported from the Sacramento Region and travels hundreds if not thousands of miles to its destination. Facing a regional obesity crisis, especially in low-income urban and rural communities, the situation is more frustrating.

The California Food Project provides organizing and research support, leadership development, as resident activists work to create vibrant community organizations and leadership that result in greater access to healthy food, as a result of organizing towards policy change.

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Studies link home pesticide use to numerous negative health impacts. The
problem is especially acute in low-income communities where the
potential for human exposure to pesticides is high and where residents
often have little or no participation in pest control decisions.

Population(s) Served

The Safe Air for Everyone (SAFE) Campaign aims to prevent pesticide
air pollution in California and support a safe and sustainable farming
system that protects the health of farmworkers, their families, other
directly affected communities and the environment.

Population(s) Served

Without a doubt, TruGreen (formerly ChemLawn) is an industry giant. And contrary to its name, it is definitely not an environmental leader. Earlier this month, the company reported $13.5 million in net income for 2009 and over $3.24 billion in revenue. The company remains the largest pesticide applicator in the country, operating 500 offices in 45 states and serving more than 3.5 million customers. Whether it operates under its own name or under one of its numerous subsidiaries, TruGreen is the dominant industry leader.Our goal remains to reform the worst practices of the lawn care industry within a decade. In March 2005, Toxics Action Center launched the Be Truly Green: Refuse to Use ChemLawn campaign in New England, with Pesticide Watch Education Fund partnering in subsequent years. Our strategy remains to change the business practices of TruGreen in order to reduce toxic pesticide use and resulting human exposure and reshape the entire industry by leveraging grassroots pressure.

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Awards

Community Leadership Award 2009

Center for Collaborative Planning

Path to Victory Awards (2 Nominations) 2010

Business Ethics Network

Community Leadership Award 2010

Sacramento Building Healthy Communities

Proclamation 2009

California State Senate

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Pesticide Watch Education Fund

Board of directors
as of 06/07/2016
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Board chair

Bernadette Del Chiaro

Environment California

Wendy Wendlandt

Green Century Capital Management

Matt Wilson

Corporate Accountability International

Alyssa Schuren

Toxics Action Center

Bernadette Del Chiaro

Environment California

Cindy Kang

Green Corps