Stop Pesticide Use on Agricultural Fields Feet from San Luis Rey River, Bike Trail, Homes
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The dangers of toxic chemicals, pesticides and pesticide drift are well known. It is important to protect our children, families, elderly and those with vulnerable health, along with local wildlife, aquatic life and our water sources from the short and long-term effects of toxic chemicals.
West Coast Tomato Growers in Oceanside, CA uses a helicopter to spray toxic chemicals: pesticides, fungicides, etc. on agricultural fields-just feet away from the San Luis Rey River, bike trail, and our homes. Additionally, tractors routinely spray toxic chemicals and have placed a layer of chemicals so thick, that it looked like white icing. Local residents have complained of the smell on patios and inside homes. Residents have noted upper respiratory effects resulting from chemical applications on the fields. Concerns about cancer have been on the minds of families who live next to the fields or use the bike trail or the children’s play areas. No notice has been given to families so they could close their windows, or bring children or pets indoors when toxic chemicals are sprayed and applied to the fields.
We call on West Coast Tomato Growers to stop the use of toxic chemicals on the fields leased from Guajome Regional Park. We ask you to use natural- environmentally friendly solutions, and go organic to protect the fragile aquatic life, birds, toads and other wildlife in this area that are dependent on the health of the San Luis Rey River, streams and floodplains. We call on West Coast Tomato Growers to inform the residents and community of the products you are using and communicate your plan in advance, before spraying or applying chemicals to the fields.
We call on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and Guajome Regional Park to require West Coast Tomato Growers to immediately and permanently stop the use of toxic chemicals for agricultural farming: pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc. and replace them with natural, environmentally friendly solutions.
We also request the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and Guajome Regional Park to consider using the land currently leased by the West Coast Tomato Growers for protected open space, bird watching, or nature trails.
We would like our children, families, those with health conditions, wildlife, birds & aquatic life in and around the San Luis Rey River and Guajome Park protected from toxic chemicals, pesticides, etc. used in agricultural farming. Please stop these dangerous chemicals from being used by the San Luis Rey River, bike trail and our homes. As taxpayers and concerned citizens, we support Guajome Regional Park in San Diego County in protecting this precious land and water. Toxic chemicals for agricultural farming have no place there.
Please sign our petition and protect our children, families, wildlife, birds & aquatic life in and around the San Luis Rey River and Guajome Park.
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