City Leaders: Stop Allowing Harmful Pesticides and Herbicides in Orange Parks.
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We are asking our city leaders to make our health, as well as the health of our children and pets their priority over weed control. It should be a basic human right for our children to be protected in the parks and playgrounds where they play, especially since the current exposure is happening for purely cosmetic reasons (weed control).
Did you know that the City of Orange frequently sprays with carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting pesticides and herbicides? Glyphosate (active ingredient in Roundup) and 2,4-D (active ingredient in Speedzone).
Roundup (glyphosate) and these other harmful toxins are playing out just like DDT, big tobacco and asbestos have. They are all marketed to us as "safe" until enough people got sick. Learn more here.
Global Glyposate Study Pilot Phase Shows Adverse Health Effects at a "safe" dose. These pesticides may cause significant harm to adults, children and pets. However, they are especially dangerous for our young children and their developing organ systems.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that glyphosate may cause cancer in humans and recently upheld this evaluation in January 2018. Despite this warning, the city of Orange continues to use glyphosate and other harmful pesticides and herbicides mostly for cosmetic landscaping purposes, i.e., to kill weeds and control pests.
Dandelions do not pose a risk to children, but 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid does. 2,4-D is one of the key ingredients in Agent Orange, a powerful herbicide and is another one of the many herbicides frequently used in Orange's parks. They also spray and apply harmful toxin in our sports fields, parks and common areas where children and pets play - this needs to stop!
"We’ve been studying the impact of toxins on children for the past 30 years and reached the inescapable conclusion: little things matter. We’ve discovered that extremely low levels of toxins can impact brain development. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that there is “no safe level of pesticide exposure for children.” - Non Toxic Neighborhood's advisor Dr. Bruce Lanphear
Pesticides are dangerous for all living things, including adults and pregnant women, and are particularly dangerous for children and pets with hand/paw to mouth behavior. Some pesticides represent long-term dangers as they biomagnify up the food-chain. Humans and particularly breastfed babies, are at the top of the food-chain.
Alarmingly, pesticides have been shown to drift for miles and persist in indoor carpet fibers for a year after they are tracked inside. The U.S. Geological Survey found that after they are applied, many pesticides volatilize into the lower atmosphere, a process that can continue for days, weeks, or months after the application, depending on the compound. In addition, pesticides can become airborne attached to wind-blown dust.
This issue affects every person, animal and pet in Orange. We are asking Orange’s City Council to immediately stop the use of these harmful pesticides and herbicides and switch to proven organic methods that and landscaping practices.
Thankfully there are cost effective and now proven solutions when it comes to organic landscaping practices. It makes sense from both a wellbeing and fiscal standpoint. The City of Irvine has demonstrated that you can have beautiful parks, athletic fields, and open space, that meet community expectations, without the use of toxic pesticides.
Cities and school districts across California including Irvine, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Tustin, Costa Mesa, Burbank, and Carlsbad have all had their elected officials take the action needed to protect their residents from exposure to these harmful pesticides by bringing forward and voting on an organics first landscaping policy. We would like to see Orange join in this critical and responsible endeavor.
PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION to demonstrate to our city leaders in Orange that you want them to stop using harmful pesticides at our parks, playgrounds, athletic fields and public spaces and switch to proven, safe, and cost effective landscaping practices.
Non Toxic Neighborhoods's Advisors:
Bruce Blumberg, Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology in UCI’s School of Biological Sciences and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering. “The major challenge with showing that a chemical causes cancer in humans [as opposed to animals] is that the cancer typically develops many years after exposure.” Bruce Blumberg
Bruce Lanphear MD, MPH, Epidemiologist, Professor Simon Fraser University Director of Children’s Health and Environmental. "Toxins can have a life-long impact on children. We’ve also discovered that even extremely low levels of toxins can impact brain development. By allowing children to be exposed to toxins or chemicals of unknown toxicity, we are unwittingly using our children in a massive experiment." Bruce Lanphear
Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, FAAP, Dean for Global Health. Professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics Arnhold Institute for Global Health Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Pregnant women, infants and young children are especially vulnerable to toxic chemicals in their environments. Even extremely low-dose exposures during these vulnerable periods in early life can result in lasting damage. This is why it is so important to protect the most sensitive among us. By protecting them, we preserve the health of all.” Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, FAAP
Dean Baker, MD, MPH Director, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Epidemiology University of California, Irvine.
For more information, please visit our partners' website: www.nontoxicirvine.org
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Jane Goodall's quote in support of NTN: "Time and science are revealing just how harmful these toxins can be to humans, and the entire ecosystem. It's encouraging to know there's a team working to stop the use of harmful pesticides. A group called Non Toxic Neighborhoods is doing good work and finding success by engaging in a dialogue with city and school district leaders. I hope people all over the world will be moved to take similar action." - Jane Goodall
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