United States
Environmental Protection
Prevention, Pesticides,
and Toxic Substances
September 1995
Partners for Pesticide
Environmental Stewardship

                                                                 *.* 'ship In  Progress
               —Carol M. Browner,
                 EPA Administrator
                 December 12, 1994
Each Partner makes a commitment to stewardship as an
integral part of pest management practices. All Partners
are to be guided by the following principles:
     The partnership is completely voluntary.
     Partners agree to develop environmental
     stewardship strategies and implement specific
     pest management practices designed for pesticide
     use/risk reduction.
     The Federal government recognizes the need to
     protect public health and food in the United States
     with efficient,  cost-effective pest control. Through
     research,  education, and other means, the Federal
     government will seek to promote and fund the
     adoption  of alternative techniques and practices
     that enhance pest management and reduce
     pesticide  use and risks.
     The Federal government will integrate the
     environmental stewardship strategies developed
     by member organizations into its policies and
     programs for agriculture and  the environment.
     The Federal government will  lead by example with
     its own use practices.
Current members of the partnership include growers,
utilities, and associations that engage in a wide range of
activities to reduce pesticide use and risk:

     •    and their associations are—
     Supporting laboratory research on integrated pest
     management (IPM) techniques.
     Conducting field and commercial-scale
     demonstrations to test IPM techniques.
     Developing predictive models and management
     information systems to ensure that pesticide
     applications are timely and precise.
     Cooperating with equipment manufacturers to
     achieve effective pest control while reducing
     application rates, worker exposure, and air and
     ground-water pollution.
     Educating workers and association members to
     increase awareness and use of alternate pest control
     Making awards and taking other steps to recognize
     growers that achieve high quality results while
     reducing pesticide use and exercising
     environmental stewardship.
    i    and their associations are—
     Soliciting input from different regions of
     the country as contributions to a national
     environmental stewardship plan for utility
     Supporting research on IPM technologies and
     application methods that manage vegetation
     efficiently while lowering risks to human beings
     and the environment.
     Training workers in pesticide safety to lower risks
     to both the workers and the environment.

                   se use in the United States is relatively
                   ,t 1.1 billion pounds of active
                   .ch year.
                    ;ed as application rates have been
                   lions have become more efficient
                   use of pesticides currently requires
                 Billion pounds of active ingredients
                  ree-fourths of the total
   Nonagricultural uses of pestici
   commercial, government, and
   settings • -account for the remai
   total, about 275 million pounds
  Pesticides are used on more than
  in 69 million households.
  In 1993, US. spending for pesti
  totaled $8.5 billion—-two-thirds
  agricultural uses and the
  third for other uses.
Joining the partnership gives your organization
opportunities to demonstrate a commitment to
environmental stewardship and take steps to put this
commitment into practice. Membership may well
enhance public perception of your organization,
constituent support, and employee morale. In addition,
membership offers access to the following benefits:
     On joining, each Partner or Supporter is  assigned
     a liaison who serves as that organization's official
     contact with EPA.  The liaison can help obtain
     information not only about the partnership,
     but about other EPA programs, policies, and
     procedures.  Further, your contact can help express
     your organization's concerns to EPA management
     and ensure that these views are considered as the
     agency develops pesticide regulations and makes
     decisions on agricultural policies.
     As funds allow, EPA and USDA provide Partners
     with seed money to help support pest management
     practices that reduce pesticide use and risk. In
     addition, Partners participate in the identification
     of needs for research on alternative systems for
     pest management, as provided for in the August
     1994 Memorandum of Understanding between
     EPA and USDA.
     The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship
     Program will publicly recognize Partners and
     Supporters that demonstrate their commitment to
     environmental stewardship and achieve progress
     in reducing pesticide use and risk while managing
     pests cost effectively.
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 The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program is a
 broad effort by EPA, USDA, and FDA to reduce pesticide
 use and risk in both agricultural and noriagricultural
 settings.  In September 1993, the three agencies
 announced a Federal commitment to two major goals:
      Developing specific use/risk reduction strategies
      that include reliance on biological pesticides and
      other approaches to pest control that are thought
      to be safer than traditional chemical methods.
      (See the section on Innovative Approaches to
      Pest Control.)
      By the year 2000, having 75 percent of U.S.
      agricultural acreage adopt integrated pest
      management programs.  (See Innovative
      Approaches to Pest Control.)
 A key part of the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship
 Program is the public/private partnership. When
 EPA, USDA, and FDA announced the partnership in
 December 1994, more than 20 private  organizations
 signed on as charter members.
 All organizations with a commitment to pesticide
 use/risk reduction are eligible to join the Pesticide
 Environmental Stewardship Program, either as Partners
 or as Supporters.
          are organizations that use pesticides or represent
 pesticide users. Partners agree to develop and implement
 formal strategies to reduce the use and risk of pesticides.
 In particular, Partners agree that their pesticide use will be
 tailored to specific sites, crops, and regions of the country.
 Partners further commit themselves to define and
 implement their strategies in a timely fashion and to report
 regularly on progress. Associations of pesticide users
 agree that members will use the safest, most effective pest
 management practices available.
             are organizations that do not use
 pesticides, but do have significant influence over pest
 management practices.  Food processors, for example,
 may influence the use of pesticides on produce they buy,
 even though they do not  apply pesticides to the produce
 themselves.  Supporters may include public interest
 groups whose constituencies have a  strong interest in
 pesticide use/risk reduction. Unlike Partners, Supporters
 do not need to develop formal pest management
 strategies.  Instead, they agree to promote programs that
 facilitate environmental stewardship.
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 Voluntary pollution prevention has been a cornerstone

 of our efforts to protect human health and the

 environment, and this new pesticide partnership

 is an important step toward that goal."
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                                                  An Invitation
In the 1990s, people have come to realize
that exercising environmental stewardship—
by taking responsibility for safeguarding
human and environmental resources—is
essential to sustain or improve the quality of
life for ourselves and for future generations.
All of us have a stake in developing the
knowledge, technology, and commitment
needed to carry out environmental programs
that are responsible, innovative, flexible,
and effective.
Most of us recognize that we benefit
from pesticides, but we also know
that some pesticides present risks. The
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) in concert with the U.S. Department
of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) maintains a
strong program to regulate the production and
use of pesticides. As stakeholders, however,
we must all become partners in reducing the
risks from pesticides to a minimum.


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