ORANGE COUNTY RESIDENTS AND CONCERNED CITIZENS:
Help us stop aerial spraying of pesticides roughly 300 feet over our homes by OC Vector Control via aircraft. We need to come together to let them know we do not support this action. OC Vector Control would like to spray toxic pesticides with ingredients known to be carcinogenic and neurotoxic (references below) over our homes, where we walk our dogs, where our children play and learn, and on the local fruit and vegetables we grow and eat. This aerial spray will get into our water supply and affect every aspect of our lives. Bees will die. Fish will die. Butterflies will die. OCVCD would like to do this with little to no notice to Orange County residents this 2016 season.
In sum, we are asking that you sign this petition to show support of alternative mosquito abatement processes. Some alternative solutions are: 1. Launch an aggressive and successful outreach program that will deliver the most important message, "check for and dump standing water" (the single most effective tool) 2. Work with cities to reduce the standing water as it relates to infrastructure (which aerial spraying will never be able to address). 3. If needed, use non-toxic methods to eradicate mosquitoes. We would like to work together with OC Vector Control to come up with a plan that can garner the support of the community it serves. We support non-toxic solutions. And have offered our help since September of 2015. Aerial spraying will affect us for generations to come. It takes one second to sign this petition to prevent the beginning of aerial spraying in Orange County, CA but it can take years to stop it once it's started and DECADES to clean up our environment after its been done. Please "Like" us on our Facebook page “Stop the Spraying of Orange County” www.facebook.com/stopthesprayingoforangecounty
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Pesticides are one of the five worst threats to children's health. The other four are lead, air pollution, environmental tobacco smoke, and drinking-water contamination. - Journal of Environmental Health, May 1998, vol.60, no.9, p.46 (2)- http://www.nrdc.org/health/kids/ocar/chap5.asp
This article looks specifically at the impacts that toxins, such as pesticides, specifically organophosphates, carbamates, and pyrethroids can have on children."Organophosphates and carbamates are toxic to the nervous system, and some of the pyrethroids are believed to be toxic to the reproductive system and disruptive to endocrine function.” - Contemporary Pediatrics, February 2001, vol.18, issue 2, p.110 (11).
pyrethroids, which are used in most insecticides, can persists in soil for weeks or months. - http://cdn.intechopen.com/pdfs/25677.pdf
One of the *non-insecticide* ingredients in most aerial spray application products, Piperonyl Butoxide (PBO), is incredibly toxic, and has been linked to delayed mental development in children in two major studies at Columbia and Duke Universities. PBO also can persist for weeks before breaking down in the environment under certain conditions- http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/127/3/e699 http://www.ewg.org/news/news-releases/2012/05/31/duke-study-confirms-toxicity-widely-used-pesticide-ingredient
Neurotoxic pesticides blamed for the world's bee collapse are also harming butterflies, worms, fish and birds, said a scientific review that called for tighter regulation to curb their use.- http://phys.org/news/2014-06-pesticides-threaten-birds-bees-alike.html#jCp
“The method of application can also change the risk of pesticide poisoning. Aerial applications have the highest potential risk for causing bee kills. Most bee kills occur when the pesticide drifts or moves from the target area into the apiary or onto crops attractive to the bees. The outcome of drift can be catastrophic.” - The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences