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Curbing pesticide use near schools

California environmental regulators are considering the first statewide regulations governing the application of agricultural pesticides near schools. Ventura County, a strawberry-growing hub, has the most children in the state attending schools near the heaviest pesticide use. Read the story

Students attending schools* within

a quarter mile of highest pesticide

use, top five counties, 2010:

Ventura

13,045

Monterey

9,820

Fresno

4,890

Stanislaus

2,220

*Top 5% of

schools, ranked

Merced

1,597

by pounds of

pesticides applied

within a quarter

mile.

Ventura Co.

The 15 counties in California where

pesticides are used most for agriculture:

Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Madera,

Merced, Monterey,Sacramento, San

Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara,

Stanislaus, Tulare, Ventura, and Yolo.

Amounts of selected fumigants

used in Ventura Co., 2003-2013

(in millions of pounds)

2013:

2.2 million

CHLOROPicrin

2003:

1.0 million

2013:

544,720

187,792

2003:

1,3-DICHLOROPROPENE

’03

’05

’07

’09

’11

’13

Students attending schools* within a quarter mile of

the highest pesticide use, top five counties, 2010:

Ventura

13,045

Monterey

9,820

Fresno

4,890

Stanislaus

2,220

Merced

1,597

*Top 5% of schools, ranked

Ventura Co.

by pounds of pesticides

applied within a quarter mile.

The 15 counties in California where

pesticides are used most for agriculture:

Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Madera,

Merced, Monterey, Sacramento,

San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo,

Santa Barbara, Stanislaus, Tulare,

Ventura, and Yolo.

Amounts of selected fumigants used

in Ventura Co., 2003-2013

(in millions of pounds)

2013:

2.2 million

CHLOROPicrin

2003:

1.0 million

2013:

544,720

2003:

1,3-DICHLOROPROPENE

187,792

’03

’05

’07

’09

’11

’13

Students attending schools* within a quarter mile of the highest

pesticide use, top five counties, 2010:

Ventura

13,045

Monterey

9,820

Fresno

4,890

Stanislaus

2,220

Merced

1,597

Ventura Co.

*Top 5% of schools, ranked by pounds of pesticides

applied within a quarter mile.

The 15 counties in California where pesticides are used

most for agriculture: Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Madera,

Merced, Monterey, Sacramento, San Joaquin, San Luis

Obispo, Santa Barbara, Stanislaus, Tulare, Ventura, and Yolo.

Amounts of selected fumigants used in

Ventura Co., 2003-2013

(in millions of pounds)

2013:

2.2 million

CHLOROPicrin

2003:

1.0 million

2013:

544,720

2003:

187,792

1,3-DICHLOROPROPENE

’03

’05

’07

’09

’11

’13

Students attending schools* within a quarter mile of the highest

pesticide use, top five counties, 2010:

Ventura

13,045

Monterey

9,820

Fresno

4,890

Stanislaus

2,220

Merced

1,597

Ventura Co.

*Top 5% of schools, ranked by pounds of pesticides

applied within a quarter mile.

The 15 counties in California where pesticides are used most

for agriculture: Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced,

Monterey, Sacramento, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo,

Santa Barbara, Stanislaus, Tulare, Ventura, and Yolo.

Amounts of selected fumigants used in

Ventura Co., 2003-2013

(in millions of pounds)

2013:

2.2 million

CHLOROPicrin

2003:

1.0 million

2013:

544,720

2003:

1,3-DICHLOROPROPENE

187,792

’03

’05

’07

’09

’11

’13

Students attending schools* within a quarter mile of the highest

pesticide use, top five counties, 2010:

Ventura

13,045

Monterey

9,820

Fresno

4,890

2,220

Stanislaus

1,597

Merced

Ventura Co.

*Top 5% of schools, ranked by pounds of pesticides

applied within a quarter mile.

The 15 counties in California where pesticides are used most for

agriculture: Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Monterey,

Sacramento, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara,

Stanislaus, Tulare, Ventura, and Yolo.

Amounts of selected fumigants used in

Ventura Co., 2003-2013

2013:

(in millions of pounds)

2.2 million

CHLOROPicrin

2003:

1.0 million

2013:

544,720

2003:

187,792

1,3-DICHLOROPROPENE

’03

’05

’07

’09

’11

’13


Sources: California Departments of Health and Pesticide Regulation. Graphics research by Tony Barboza.

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