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PRESS RELEASE
Beyond Pesticides/National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides
701 E Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003
202-543-5450 (voice) - 202-543-4791 (fax)

E-mail: info@beyondpesticides.org
Web:  www.beyondpesticides.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 20, 2001

Contact: Jay Feldman or Kagan Owens 202-543-5450

Environmentalists and Pest Management Companies Join Forces,
Launch Effort to Offer Least Toxic Choices that Protect Children and
Consumers


[Available at http://www.beyondpesticides.org and http://safetysource.tv]

Washington, D.C. (March 20, 2001) - With the arrival of Spring
and warmer weather, the public inevitably turns its attention to insect
problems, from termites and ants to lawn grubs, from household to
garden pests.

The result, according to the national environmental group, Beyond
Pesticides/National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides
,
is widespread and unnecessary toxic pesticide use.

There are alternatives to poisoned schools and poisoned playgrounds,
and the toxic load on the general public can be reduced, according
to Beyond Pesticides.

To combat toxic pesticide use, a new free website resource is being
launched today which will identify for consumers alternatives to
hazardous material use.

This new tool, called Safety Source for Pest Management, is
a collaborative effort between Beyond Pesticides and pest
management companies across the country.

The Safety Source now includes nearly 100 companies in 28 states
and the District of Columbia.

Our goal is to put people concerned about the their health and the
health of children and the environment in touch with companies that
provide pest management services that will not poison their homes,
workplaces, schools and communities, says Jay Feldman, executive
director of Beyond Pesticides, based in Washington, D.C. We are
seeing increasingly informed consumers in the marketplace who
are looking for these services.

The good news is that there is a growing number of companies that
have either totally or partially replaced highly toxic chemicals in their
toolbox with safer alternatives, says Mr. Feldman.

The group expects this resource to expand rapidly as businesses
see the market opportunities associated with the alternatives to
toxic chemicals.

The president of the Miami, Florida-based A SAFE Pest Eliminators,
Jerry Goodman, said, In my experience as a pest control provider,
the least and non-toxic methods that I use work better and more
thoroughly than any conventional method Ive seen.

Allen Cohen, president of Bio-Logical Pest Management in
Washington, D.C. and board member of Beyond Pesticides,
said, You dont have to threaten childrens health in the process
of delivering effective pest management.

Beyond Pesticides
launched this effort with a concern that many
pest management companies describe themselves as ecological
or say they practice Integrated Pest Management (an approach
to pest management traditionally not reliant on pesticides, but
focused on prevention, mechanical and biological methods)
without defining their actual practices or products.

Safety Source
provides the user of the site with full information,
based on a Beyond Pesticides survey questionnaire, on company
philosophy and practices.


The site, organized by state and type of service, identifies each
company's use of specific chemicals and materials, which are
graded as either non-toxic, least toxic and toxic.

While a company may utilize a number of toxic products, it must
offer a minimum of one least or non-toxic product to be included.
The site also offers tips to consumers on how to speak to pest
management companies to get safer services.

While the conventional extermination industry tells the public
that there is no safety differentiation among its ranks, Beyond
Pesticides
has identified many in the industry who are responding
to consumer demand for the least toxic practices and products
with clear definitions.

Today, Beyond Pesticides is unveiling an effort that links public
health advocates and environmentalists with these companies.

Numerous studies, including U.S. General Accounting Offices reports
and the National Academy of Sciences, in its report Pesticides in the
Diets of Infants and Children
, have found that pesticides registered
by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have not been
fully evaluated for safety and that the standards of review do not
adequately protect children and the general population.

Without adequate government regulation, we rely on consumer
and business-driven changes in the marketplace to meet consumer
safety concerns, says Mr. Feldman.

To see Safety Source for Pest Management, go to:
     http://www.beyondpesticides.org
   (click on Safety Source for Pest Management)

or go directly to:  http://safetysource.tv.

Hard copies are available for $12.

Beyond Pesticides/National Coalition Against the Misuse of
Pesticides
is a non-profit, membership organization founded
in 1981 and dedicated to providing the public with information
on pesticide hazards and alternatives to their use.