Ban Herbicide (RoundUp) Use - Lee County School District

Ban Herbicide (RoundUp) Use - Lee County School District

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Vik Chhabra started this petition to Lee County School District

Herbicides, which contain ingredients such as glyphosate, are being used more than ever around our homes, on our crops, golf courses and even on our kids playgrounds and schools. 

This past spring the World Heath Organization concluded that glyphosate, the world's most widely used pesticide, is a "probable carcinogen" and should be labelled as such.  Several lawsuits have recently been filed against Monsanto, the maker of glyphosate herbicides (trade name "Roundup"), for allegedly causing cancer in agricultural workers who regularly use Roundup. Nevertheless, many city governments, are still spraying glyphosate all over public parks, outside of schools, in places where children and pets play.

I was recently walking my son to school and noticed that the entire perimeter of my son's school had been sprayed with roundup ... even under benches.  It appears to be a preventive campaign simply to stop anything from growing in these areas, perhaps just a routine "general maintenance" initiative.

We have gone from using weed trimmers to using chemicals. 

Biodiversity is off everywhere ... our Monarch butterfly populations are down 90% over the past 20 years and bee populations continue to decline. If pollinators die, we die. Schools should be come biodiversity habitats where kids learn how to coexist with nature, not become killing fields. 

This isn't just a local issue. Roundup/glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world, and city governments, organizations and companies spray it EVERYWHERE as a cost-effective approach to weed removal.  Glyphosate may have an important place in agriculture (another debate entirely), but a possibly-carcinogenic pesticide should not be sprayed thoughtlessly around schools and public parks for no good reason.  It is too much of a gamble with our public health.

Please help me make our public spaces safer, by urging lawmakers to ban the use of glyphosate in schools, playgrounds and public parks.
 
 

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