100_1148The Otsego County Conservation Association opposes the widespread use of pesticides and herbicides due to their potential harm to the environment. Improper use of these chemicals can result in elevated levels of harmful substances in the environment, leading to detrimental effects on humans and other life. OCCA supports a pest management policy which is free of pesticides whenever possible and is guided by the principles integrated pest management (IPM).

To read our Pesticide Position Statement, click here.

For a better understanding of the impacts of chemical pesticides, click here.

“Neonicotinoids and Bees: Assessing the Debate Surrounding the Impacts of Neonicotinoids on Pollinator Populations.” This paper by OCCA Environmental Planner Danny Lapin reviews the literature to assess the risks that neonicotinoids pose to pollinator populations and to better understand the debate surrounding neonicotinoids. Federal, state and local approaches to regulating neonicotinoids are also discussed.

For those interested in learning more about common pesticides and herbicides that are used in the United States, the NYS Department of Environmental Protection hosts a searchable database of products for the public.  The site can be accessed through the DEC website.