Development of a New York state pesticide sales- and use-reporting computerized database
CALS Impact Statement
As a result of legislation passed in 1996, Cornell and several New York state agencies are undertaking the development, maintenance, and enhancement of a statewide pesticide sales- and use-reporting database and associated databases.
Pesticides are toxic substances and may cause cancer in humans. New York state legislation passed in 1996 allows regulators and scientists to track commercial pesticide use and sales within the state by means of a series of databases being developed at Cornell. Researchers can use the data to assess human exposure and environmental effects to pesticides being applied.
A database and websites have been developed that allow for access to commercial pesticide use and sales within New York state. The data provide regulators and researchers with more accurate assessments of pesticide use. Data can be used in future biomarker studies to assess possible/potential pesticide exposure effects in humans. Associated databases that track certified pesticide applicators, registered businesses, and registered pesticide products in New York have also been developed.
The regulated community is reporting, with greater accuracy, their use and sales of pesticides within New York state. State agencies now have or will have databases that can manage data and track pesticide use relative to potential human exposure and environmentally sensitive areas such as ground and surface water. More than five million reporting records have been received per year since 1997.
Robert Warfield (Entomology)
Chesley Brion (Entomology)
Frank Smith (Entomology)
Art Samplaski (Entomology)
Joe Gosselin (Entomology)
David Lane (Entomology)
Margaret O`Neil (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation)
Sam Jackling (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation)