National Pesticide Information Center



Pesticide Statistics

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Below, you will find statistics on various topics including human poisonings, pesticide usage, pesticides in ground and drinking water, and pesticide law enforcement statistics.

Keep these points in mind when searching for statistics:

  • Statistics can be easily misunderstood. Review each resource carefully to understand when, why and how the data were collected. It may also be helpful to determine which data may have been omitted, and any other strengths or weaknesses in the data set.
  • Some states keep track of their pesticide sale and usage each year. Check your state pesticide regulatory agency's website to find out whether your state tracks this information.
  • Just because pesticides are found in the groundwater in your area, it doesn't mean they are in your tap water. Check with your local water provider for a drinking water quality report or get your well water tested.
  • The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) publishes annual reports to summarize pesticide incidents and inquiries as they were reported.

If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email us at npic@ace.orst.edu.

Pesticide Poisoning

  1. Tracking Pesticide Exposures in the United States - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  2. Poisoning in the United States: Fact Sheet - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  3. Poison Control Statistics - American Association of Poison Control Centers
  4. NHANES National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  5. California Pesticide Illness Query (CalPIQ) - California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR)

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Pesticide Usage in the United States

  1. Pesticide Use Maps - U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  2. Pesticide Industry Sales and Usage Reports (2006-2007 market estimates) - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  3. NASS Agricultural Chemical Use Database - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  4. National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  5. USDA Crop Profiles - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Regional IPM Centers
  6. USDA Economics, Statistics and Market Information System (ESMIS) - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Cornell University
  7. USDA ESMIS Economics and Management - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Cornell University
  8. Organic Production Survey - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Agricultural Statistics Service

    International Pesticide Usage Statistics

  9. FAOSTAT - International Statistics on Agriculture - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations

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Pesticides in Ground and Drinking Water

  1. Pesticides Detected in Surface Waters and Groundwater - U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  2. Quality of Water from Domestic Wells in the United States - U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  3. Pesticide National Synthesis Project - U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

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Pesticide Law Enforcement Statistics

  1. Enforcement & Compliance History Online (ECHO) - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  2. Enforcement & Compliance History Online (ECHO) Annual Results Maps - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  3. Search the Summary of Criminal Prosecutions - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Last updated August 11, 2015