CPR is a statewide coalition of more than 190 organizations, founded in 1996 to fundamentally shift the way pesticides are used in California. CPR has built a diverse, multi-interest coalition to challenge the powerful political and economic forces opposing change. Our member organizations include public health, children’s health, educational and environmental advocates, clean air and water organizations, health practitioners, environmental justice groups, labor organizations, farmers and sustainable agriculture advocates.
To protect public health, improve environmental quality and support a sustainable and just agricultural system by building a diverse movement across California to change statewide and local pesticide policies and practices.
- Eliminate use of the worst pesticides–including those that cause cancer, reproductive harm or acute poisoning.
- Reduce overall use of the remaining pesticides.
- Promote the use of sustainable pest control solutions in our farms, communities, forests, homes and yards.
- Protect people’s right-to-know about pesticide use in our neighborhoods, counties and state.
CPR works to:
- Build a strong and diverse coalition of organizations and individuals speaking out about the dangers that pesticides pose to public health and the viability of alternatives.
- Increase public understanding of pesticide use and health risks associated with pesticides, and the failure of the state’s regulatory system to protect us from these hazards.
- Expand and support a network of grassroots community activists pursuing local pesticide reform in their own regions and mobilizing their communities to push for statewide policy reform.
- Promote the viability of alternatives to pesticides in agricultural, forest and urban settings and oppose genetically engineered pest control applications where they pose unknown effects on health and the environment.
CPR uses community organizing, litigation, community-based bio-monitoring and air monitoring, legislation, and media and policy work to achieve our goals. We build leadership at the local level among those most affected by pesticides, work with grassroots groups to change local policies, and connect grassroots leadership with organizations across the state to push for statewide policy change on both the agricultural and non-agricultural fronts.
The coalition is governed by a Steering Committee, currently comprised of:
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
Center for Environmental Health
Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment
El Quinto Sol de America
Monterey Bay Central Labor Council
Pesticide Action Network
Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles