Change public land management strategies in San Bernardino County to organic methods.
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There is growing scientific evidence of a link between exposure to chemical pesticides and human health problems, including cancer, birth defects, and neurological problems. In view of this mounting evidence, and the degradation of natural resources and the environment associated with pesticide contamination, scientists, lawyers, policy makers and environmentalists have developed what has become known as the “Precautionary Principle.” It states “When an activity raises threats of harm to the human health or environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if specific cause-and-effect relationships are not yet fully established.” Whereas, in consideration of the hazards involved in the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides, the citizens of California deem it prudent to employ landscape and pest control strategies which minimize risks to human health, the environment and non-target organisms. This goal is consistent with the recommendations of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, which states that “all pesticides are toxic to some degree….and the commonplace, widespread use of pesticides is both a major environmental problem and a public health issue. ” Therefore, citizens signing this petition hereby request governing entities to adopt an Organic Management Policy (“OMP”) for the exterior maintenance of all City, County, and State owned land. This policy employs a variety of non-toxic alternatives and commonsense practices to eliminate the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides, whether by City employees or private contractors, and to encourage businesses and residents within the City to adopt similar herbicide / pesticide-reduction methods. An "Organic Management Policy" is a weed and pest control strategy that focuses on prevention or suppression of pest problems through the elimination of soil conditions preferred by unwanted pests, and the promotion and development of natural biological controls.
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