NYC - STOP spraying our parks & playgrounds with TOXIC pesticides
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Non Toxic NYC is asking our city leaders to make the health of our children their priority. It should be a basic human right for our children to be protected in the parks and playgrounds where they play.
New York City’s parks, athletic fields, playgrounds, sidewalks, trails and greenbelts are frequently sprayed with toxic pesticides as part of weed control measures. 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.
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 New York continues to spray glyphosate and other toxic pesticides and herbicides mostly for cosmetic landscaping purposes, i.e., to kill weeds and control pests. The EPA classifies several of the herbicides used as suspected carcinogens and some are classified as developmental toxicants. 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 landscaping in NYC. This includes the sports fields, parks, and common areas where children play - this needs to stop.
The American Academy of Pediatrics states that there is “no safe level of pesticide exposure for children.” 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. In the words of Gary Hirshberg, CoFounder of Stonyfield Farm:
“The science linking toxic pesticides and herbicides with a long list of health impacts, particularly in children, is now well established. It is both prudent and responsible to do everything possible to avoiding Children’s’ unnecessary exposure to compounds that can, even in small doses, adversely impact brain development and immune systems among other problems. The good news is that a variety of efficacious and cost-effective alternatives renders these toxic and persistent pesticides and herbicides unnecessary.”
By allowing children to be exposed to toxins or chemicals of unknown toxicity, we are directly risking their health and well-being.
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 New York City. We are asking New York City’s City Council and School Board to immediately stop the use of all toxic pesticides and herbicides and switch to proven non-toxic and organic methods that are cost comparable and often require much less water and upkeep.
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. In Irvine, California, organic pesticide practices have saved up to 80% in water usage!
Harvard University successfully switched to a non-toxic landscaping alternative in 2009. Cities across the U.S. including Irvine, California have banned the use of toxic pesticides, including but not limited to glyphosate, and we would like to see New York City join in this critical and responsible endeavor.
PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION to demonstrate to our representatives in NYC that you want them to stop using toxic pesticides and herbicides at our parks, schools, playgrounds, and public spaces and implement safe, cost effective and organic practices.
For more information, please visit our partners website: www.NonToxicIrvine.org
Stephanie, Lauren, Seamus, Andrea and the rest of us
Watch this video, Little Things Matter, to learn how toxins damage the developing brain.
Non Toxic Neighborhood'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
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