Stop spraying Tustin with toxic pesticides!
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Did you know that Tustin’s parks, athletic fields, sidewalks, trails and greenbelts are frequently sprayed with toxic pesticides? These pesticides have been shown to lower IQ, cause cancer, damage developing reproductive organs and cause other significant harm.
The World Health Organization declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp, probably causes cancer in humans. In July, glyphosate was added to the Prop65 list of chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defect or reproductive harm. Despite this grave warning, the City of Tustin, Tustin Unified School District and HOA landscaping companies continue to spray RoundUp in the places where our children play sports such as soccer and baseball, roll in the grass, and do all the other things kids like to do.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that there is no safe level of pesticide exposure for children. Pesticides are toxic chemicals - poisons created to kill. They are dangerous for all living things, including adults and pregnant women, and are particularly dangerous for a child’s developing organ systems.
Why are our children being subjected to these risks? For cosmetic landscaping purposes, i.e. to kill weeds. 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, and is another one of many pesticides frequently used for cosmetic landscaping in Tustin. This includes the sports fields, parks, and common areas where children play. This needs to stop.
You and your family can still be affected if chemicals are not sprayed on your street. 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.”
In clay soils like ours, the half-life of glyphosate can be as long as 22 years.
Also alarming, the interactions between the many chemicals being sprayed near our homes and in our parks are unknown. According to David Bellinger, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, “Impacts from multiple chemicals may simply add up, amplify one another's effects.”
By allowing children to be exposed to toxins or chemicals of unknown toxicity, we are unwittingly using our children in a massive experiment.
This issue affects every person and pet in Tustin. We are asking Tustin’s City Council, School Board and HOA landscaping company leaders to immediately stop the use of all toxic pesticides and switch to proven organic methods that are cost comparable and require 30% to 50% less water.
Harvard University has successfully switched to a non-toxic landscaping alternative. Cities across the U.S. are banning the use of toxic pesticides, including Irvine and San Juan Capistrano, and we would like to see Tustin join in this endeavor.
Please sign this petition to tell the leaders of these organizations that you want them to stop using toxic pesticides at our parks, schools and public spaces and implement only organic practices.
The People who live, work, play and shop in Tustin
P.S. Please watch this video, Little Things Matter, to learn how toxins damage the developing brain.
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