Pesticide Data Tools

The pesticide data tools available here are developed and maintained by Chuck Benbrook. Two tools are currently available: The Dietary Risk Index Analytical System (DRIAS), and the Pesticide Use Data System (PUDS).

Dietary Risk Index Analytical System

The Dietary Risk Index Analytical System currently consists of a set of five tools that allow the user to compare and contrast the pesticide risk associated with different foods and pesticides by location, market designation (conventional or organic), and year. The commodity tool allows users to view and download data on pesticide residues found on a given food in a specified geography, year, and market designation. With the pesticide tool the user can select a pesticide, location, and year to see all of the foods for which that residue was detected. Other tools compare residues found on organic and conventional foods or domestic and imported foods, as well as the changes in residues after the implementation of the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996.

Access the Dietary Risk Index Analytical System.

Pesticide Use Data System

The Pesticide Use Data System (PUDS) is an online system where pesticide use data going back to 1991 is available for industry, researchers, or the general public who have a desire to examine pesticide use in the United States. One of the major goals is to provide pesticide use data to everyone in a form that is easy to access and ready for immediate analysis. With PUDS, users have access to the tools they will need to determine trends in pesticide use over time and to evaluate the impacts of various policies and industry developments. This system has been designed so that it can be easily used by anyone for projects related to pesticide use.

The Pesticide Use Data System was designed in response to the specific need for tools that allow for more refined analytical applications of pesticide use data. This system provides this as a set of tools that allow users to obtain tabular data on chemicals applied to specific crops. This chemical use data has been carefully matched with data from the National Agricultural Statistical Service on acres of each crop, allowing us to derive a measure of use per acre. This data is available both by state and nationally and for specific years, so that use can be tracked over time. Totals of multiple forms of active ingredients applied are also available as well as the total acreage planted for each given crop.

Access the Pesticide Use Data System.