Pesticide Use and Safety Among the Anabaptist Communities of Lancaster County, PA
Posted: October 13, 2013
Lancaster County, PA has a large and diverse Anabaptist farming population. Census findings indicate about 30,000 Amish and nearly an equal number of Mennonite and other groups residing within the county. A high percentage of these individuals are farmers who routinely apply agricultural pesticides. A 2008 survey found that 28.4% (n=1118) of plain sect private PA pesticide license holders were not recording their Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) use, a state mandated practice. Additionally, many applicators were not practicing safe storage and handling practices. Click on the poster for more information.