Ban all pesticides in Talent, Oregon parks
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FROM TALENT CITY PARKS
Quit poisoning our children and animals
(democracy in action)Spring/Summer 2017
Talent is my home and I love being a part of this town but come spring
and summer time you start seeing warning signs all around
neighborhoods at each park, about herbicide application. This is
extremely disappointing considering the amount of research out there
that has been showing how toxic these applications are to our health
and well being. It not only leaves me frustrated and angry that no one
is doing anything about it, but it makes me apprehensive about going
outside and enjoying our beautiful city. The saddest, most alarming
part is, these parks are primarily populated with young children and
Children face unique hazards from pesticide exposure. They take in
more pesticides relative to their body weight than adults in the food
they eat and air they breathe. Their developing organ systems often
make them more sensitive to toxic exposure. The body of evidence in
scientific literature shows that pesticide exposure can adversely affect
a child's neurological, respiratory, immune, and endocrine system,
even at low levels.
Many people think that the pesticides “wear off,” and that children are
not being exposed. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
found multiple pesticide residues, including the herbicide 2,4-D, in the
bodies of children ages 6-11 at significantly higher levels than all other
age categories. Herbicides such as 2,4-D and Mecoprop, chemicals
tied to respiratory ailments, are found in 15 percent of children tested,
ages 3 to 7, whose parents had recently applied the lawn chemicals.
Additionally, scientific studies show that herbicides such as 2,4-D are
tracked indoors from lawns where residues may remain for up to a
year in carpets, dust, air and surfaces.
Applying these known toxins to our parks puts all of our health at risk,
no matter what part of the city we live in.
We as a community need to stand up for what is right.
There is absolutely NO reason why a town like Talent should still be
using harmful pesticides and herbicides when healthier, non-toxic
alternatives are readily available. A substantial aspect of sustainability
is the health, safety and quality of life of the population.
Can we honestly say, that we as a community, have put the health
and safety of our children at the top of the priority list if we continue to
expose them, and ourselves, to toxic poisons? Are you as a member
of society aware of the immediate and long term impact of pesticide
and herbicide use and the effect on the lungs and overall health of our
children? Is this not worth our attention?
Please sign this petition to at the very least prevent our parks from
becoming a toxic play area, and keep our community happy and
healthy. Signing this petition demands that Talent City Management
immediately cease any and all pesticides and herbicides on city parks
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