Stop Using CANCER Causing Chemicals At Our Parks

Stop Using CANCER Causing Chemicals At Our Parks

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Daniel O'Connell started this petition to City of Sarasota

Information about lawsuits against RoundUp: https://www.youtube.com/embed/AHZg--xbLoQ

 

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 Sarasota frequently sprays with carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting pesticides and herbicides?  Glyphosate (active ingredient in Roundup) and 2,4-D (active ingredient in Speedzone).  

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 Sarasota 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 Sarasota'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 Sarasota. We are asking Sarasota'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 California has demonstrated that you can have beautiful parks, athletic fields, and open space, that meet community expectations, without the use of toxic pesticides.

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION to demonstrate to our city leaders in Sarasota 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.

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