Research Studies 

Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMACOS)  

UCLA Sustainable Technology & Policy Program

UC Davis Mind study


Pesticide Drift Studies in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Acute Pesticide Illnesses Associated with Off-Target Pesticide Drift from Agricultural Applications: 11 States, 1998–2006

First comprehensive report of drift-related pesticide poisoning in the United States. From Lee, S-J, et al. “Acute Pesticide Illness Associated with Off-Target Pesticide Drift from Agricultural Applications: 11 States, 1998-2006” Environmental Health Perspectives, 119(8) 1162-1169. 2011.

Pesticides in dust from homes in an agricultural area

The UC Berkeley CHAMACOS study has documented chlorpyrifos contamination in homes up to 1.8 miles from treated fields (Harnly, ME, et. al. “Pesticides in dust from homes in an agricultural area” Environmental Science and Technology, 43:8767-8774. 2009). 

Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Prenatal Residential Proximity to Agricultural Pesticides: The CHARGE Study

The UC Davis MIND Institute study documented significantly increased rates of autism in children of mothers who lived up to one mile from treated fields (Shelton, Janie F., et al. “Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Prenatal Residential Proximity to Agricultural Pesticides: The CHARGE Study.” Environmental Health Perspectives, June 23, 2014. doi:10.1289/ehp.1307044).

Determinants of Agricultural Pesticide Concentrations in Carpet Dust

California Childhood Leukemia study found elevated concentrations of several pesticides in dust of homes up to three quarters of a mile from treated fields (Gunier, RB, et. al. “Determinants of agricultural pesticide concentrations in carpet dust.” Environmental Health Perspectives, 119:970-976, 2011).

Community air monitoring for pesticides. Part 3: using health-based screening levels to evaluate results collected for a year

Parlier Study: Intensive monitoring of ambient air concentrations for 40 active ingredients or degradation products of pesticides in a California Central Valley city. 23 pesticides or degradation products were detected. Air concentrations of the metam fumigant breakdown product MITC did not correlate with fumigant applications within 8 km (~5 miles) of the community, indicating that applications over 5 miles from the monitoring sites contributed to air levels measured. (“Community air monitoring for pesticides. Part 3: using health-based screening levels to evaluate results collected for a year,” Environ Monit Assess (2014) 186:1355–1370 DOI 10.1007/s10661-013-3394-x)

Correlating Agricultural Use of Organophosphates with Outdoor Air Concentrations: A Particular Concern for Children

A California Health Department and UC Berkeley study found a significant association between air concentrations of the pesticides chlorpyrifos and diazinon and use of the pesticides within 3 miles of the air monitoring sites (Harnly, ME, et. al. “Correlating Agricultural Use of Organophosphates with Outdoor Air Concentrations: A Particular Concern for Children” Environmental Health Perspectives, 113(9):1184-1189. 2005). 


2014 Department of Public Health study of Pesticide Use Near California Schools


Pesticide Action Network Studies


DPR air monitoring network studies