City Leaders: Stop Allowing Harmful Pesticides in Oceanside's Parks!

City Leaders: Stop Allowing Harmful Pesticides in Oceanside's Parks!

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Non Toxic Oceanside 2019 started this petition to pweiss@ci.oceanside.ca.us and

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 Oceansides’s City maintained property is frequently sprayed with carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting pesticides?  glyphosate(active ingredient in Roundup) and 2,4-D (active ingredient in Speedzone).  

Roundup(glyphosate) and these other harmful pesticides are playing out just like DDT, big tobacco and asbestos have.  They are all marketed to us as "safe" until enough people got sick.

Global Glyphosate Study Pilot Phase Shows Adverse Health Effects at ‘Safe’ Doses. 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.

NTN Advisor Dr. Dean Baker shares the harmful impacts of “low dose” exposure that is having cross generational impacts in this 10 min video(link below). This was shot at NTN's and Starr Ranch Audubon's "Best Practices in Non-Chemical and Organic Management” held for county and city staff.

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 of 2018. Despite this warning, the City of Oceanside 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 for cosmetic purposes in Oceanside's parks. They also spray and apply harmful pesticides at 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 Oceanside. We are asking Oceanside’s City Council to immediately stop the use of these harmful pesticides 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 the U.S. 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 Oceanside join in this critical and responsible endeavor.

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION to demonstrate to our city leaders in Oceanside 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

Dr. Zach Bush, triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Hospice and Palliative Care

For more information, please visit our partners' website: www.nontoxicneighborhoods.org

Thank you,
Chris, Dean, Mary Anne, Bruce, Kim, Phil, Kristal and the rest of the team...

Jane Goodall's quote in support of NTN: "Time and science are revealing just how harmful these toxins can be to humans, animals and the entire ecosystem. It's encouranging to know that there are people working to stop the use of these harmful pestcides. A group called Non Toxic Neighborhoods is doing great work by helping communities and school districts sucsessfully switch to organic management.  I hope people all over the world will be moved to take similar action."    - Jane Goodall  

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