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Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) is a voluntary program
that forms partnerships with pesticide users to reduce the health and environmental
risks associated with pesticide use and implement pollution prevention
strategies. EPA started the program in 1994.
two categories of membership in PESP:
Partners: Organizations that use pesticides
or represent pesticide users.
Supporters: Organizations that do not use
pesticides, but have significant influence over the pest management
practices of pesticide users. (Food processors, for example, may influence
the use of pesticides on produce they buy, even though they do not apply
pesticides to the produce themselves.) Supporters may also include public
interest groups whose constituencies have a strong interest in pesticide
All PESP members make a commitment to reduce pesticide
risk and develop activities to achieve risk reduction.