Here are some resources to help you do independent research from a variety of sources specifically to help answer the question of “why” and tricks that industry uses to keep bad products on the market, get them to market and then make us believe they are “safe when used as directed”. Please return often as this section will continue to grow on an ongoing basis. Many of these sites can be used for research into other avenues including pesticides, insecticides, health, regulations, human and pet products as well as the science and politics involved. I was unable to find one spring board for these resources, and many are buried deep within government sites, so it is my hope this will help others complete their own eduction on pesticides and other toxins found in our homes and for use with out pets.
See also our expose on the “expert vet” that Sergeant’s Pet Care uses to market their products.
GOVERNMENT, REGULATION, RESEARCH, SCIENCE & POLITICS
- Current Projects System for The National Academies: Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering and Medicine. This is a database of reports in process and completed on various issues on various levels. This has to do primarily with policies and guidance for best practices as well as environmental reviews of already completed review processes.
- GAO – U.S. Government Accountability Office. The GAO is known as the “investigative arm of Congress” and “the congressional watchdog”. GAO supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and helps improve the performance and accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people. Here you can browse testimonials, legal decisions and more.
- DOD Pesticide Hotline from the US Army Medical Department, United States Army Public Health Command (Provisional). Look up product labels, MSDS (Material Safety Datasheet) and other helpful information. Sometimes, depending on military use, the safety concerns are measured in a different way to weigh benefit vs. risk.
- Canadian Journal of Pesticide Reform with a Magazine Rack and Virtual Library.
- EPA’s HERO Database. HERO (Health and Environmental Research Online) contains the key studies the EPA uses to develop environmental risk assessments for the public. These are usually provided directly or indirectly by manufacturers and registrants. It covers the magnitude of health risks to humans and the eco system from pollutants and chemicals in the environment. There are links to recently published assessments, or you can search the database. Some interesting information is buried here!
- Data.gov allows you to search a multitude of US Government Databases.
- ATSDR: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Compiled and maintained by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) this resource has a lot of toxicology information as well as Toxicological Profiles, Health Effects of Exposure, Chemical Classifications and Substances Map.
- Data Finder Forum a blog of the EPA. Many links and resources with descriptions.
- Pesticide Fate Database by the EPA contains information on physical and chemical properties, chemical fate, transport of pesticide active ingredients and degradates or breakdown products of pesticides. It allows you to look up all active ingredients as well as those with a Fate Study.
- PPIS: EPA’s Pesticide Product Information System contains information on all pesticide products registered in the US.
- TEACH Chemical Summaries by the EPA. Chemical Summaries and effects on children of pesticide and chemical exposure.
- ECOTOX Database by the EPA. Provides searchable database of information on single chemical toxicity to aquatic and terrestrial life.
- NRC Database (National Response Center) by the United States Coast Guard. A FOIA (Freedom of Information Act Request) Database with online search of oil and chemical spill data reported to the center. You can download reports going back to 1982 and do online searches for reports of incidences after 1990.
- Recalls.gov Search various agencies for product recalls and details.
- PPLS (Pesticide Product Label System) by the EPA. You can look up labels of pesticides (including pet products) and download them.
- National Center for Environmental Research – Research Project Search by the EPA. A database of research studies. Of particular interest is searching for ingredients and how they effect children.
- National Library of Medicine by the National Institute of Health is considered the World’s Largest Medical Library.
- Science Inventory by the EPA is a searchable database of EPA science activities and scientific and technical products either conducted by the EPA or through EPA-funded assistance agreements. Its records provide descriptions of activity or products, contact information and links to available printed materials or websites. It includes the previous Environmental Information Management System (EIMS).
- ABVT – American Board of Veterinary Toxicology
- IRIS – Integrated Risk Information System by the EPA. The Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) is a human health assessment program that evaluates quantitative and qualitative risk information on effects that may result from exposure to environmental contaminants. IRIS was initially developed for EPA staff in response to a growing demand for consistent information on substances for use in risk assessments, decision-making, and regulatory activities. The information in IRIS is intended for those without extensive training in toxicology, but with some knowledge of health sciences.
- Pesticide Tolerances by the EPA.
- Restricted and Canceled Uses of Pesticides by the EPA.
- DataMasher allows you to input several queries from government and other databases and it will combine them for you. For example, you could put in cancer and poverty and it will combine the two criteria so you can do your own investigative reporting.