The Health Threats of Toxic Pesticide Use on Lawns
Wednesday, May 18th, 7:00 p.m.
Pearl River Library
80 Franklin Avenue, Pearl River, NY 10965
WARNING PESTICIDE IN USE
PRESENT AND POTENTIAL DANGER
Rose Marie Raccioppi, MS FABI
Member of the Orangetown Environmental Committee
Orangetown, New York
•Learn what threatens the health and well being of our children
•Learn how to make a difference lawn by lawn
•Become part of the difference ~ our children deserve no less
A. Yellow Warning Signs – Start of a movement
B. Rockland County Nontoxic Landscape Maintenance Act, 2008
C. Pesticide Free Zone
D. Child Safe Lawns
E. Viable Programs, Product Use, Practices
F. Making it Happen: Grassroots Environmental Education DVD Presentation
G. Child Safe Community – Home – School –Playing Fields – Green the Green
H. Open Discussion – Questions and Answers
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All are welcome to be part of the dialogue... all posts hold to the vision of creating, promoting, maintaining practices and policies to assure well being and the ultimate health of children and adults across the age span. And YES, if in the neighborhood, come join the presentation, FREE workshop and abundant HUGS!! We deserve!!!
You may find this of further interest - keeping it going town by town...Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog » Blog Archive » Rockland Co. NY Legislature Passes Non-Toxic Landscape Act - http://www.beyondpesticides.org/daily...newsblog/?p=374 ... and now the town of Orangetown, New York is on its way... no toxic pesticides on town park lands, town sport and playing fields and an Audubon Program in process for the town golf courses. YES, a difference can be made!! As a member of the Orangetown Environmental Committee (OEC) Orangetown New York - I now live the difference!! It is now up to all homeowners and business owners to appreciate the need and benefits of non-toxic lawn, land, garden and ground maintenance... organic sustainable practices and products await your use - http://www.safelawns.org
• Turf pesticides have been linked to both acute and long-term health problems, including neurological and endocrine disruption as well as certain cancers. Natural or organic turf management can be easily implemented for school grounds and playing fields. Watch the video. Playing It Safe - http://www.grassrootsinfo.org/playingitsafe.html
Pesticides 101 |
Organic Trade Association
Documented information - research findings - helpful links - a worthy read
World’s top commercial weed killer
linked to infertility: scientist
May 9, 2011 - The world’s top herbicide for decades has come under criticism after evidence surfaced suggesting that the chemical may be linked to infertility and miscarriage in animals, raising serious concerns about the possible effect on human consumers.
Glyphosate is the weed-killing ingredient introduced over 30 years ago by the multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto under the brand name Roundup. Monsanto also produces “Roundup Ready” corn, soybeans and cotton genetically engineered to withstand large doses of Roundup that would be deadly to normal plants.
But Dr. Don Huber, professor emeritus at Purdue University and a well-known plant pathologist, wrote to both American and European officials earlier this year to express his concern over a newly-discovered, extremely small organism that has appeared in higher concentrations in conjunction with Roundup and Roundup Ready crops.
The “electron microscopic pathogen,” Huber wrote in a Jan 16 letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, “appears to significantly impact the health of plants, animals, and probably human beings,” noting that preliminary experiments have been able to reproduce the pathogen’s effect of causing miscarriages.
Huber urged the Secretary to delay deregulation of Roundup Ready crops, saying that “such approval could be a calamity.” “I believe the threat we are facing from this pathogen is unique and of a high risk status. In layman’s terms, it should be treated as an emergency,” he wrote.
Lyndsay Cole, media coordinator for the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, told LifeSiteNews.com Tuesday that Vilsack had received the letter and encouraged “submission of any data or studies in support of his concerns.”
Eleven days after the date of Huber’s letter, the USDA announced its decision to fully deregulate Roundup Ready Alfalfa.
Huber’s letter was only one of many criticisms aimed at Monsanto recently, with several environmentalist groups and others calling for a global ban on the product that has netted the company billions in sales despite its troubling environmental track record. More evidence of the danger of glyphosate emerged in 2010; a study by scientists in Argentina concluded that glyphosate caused mutations in embryonic frogs and chicks, according to Reuters.
Glyphosate-based herbicides have also been available under generic brand names after Monsanto’s patent expired in 2000.
Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency is investigating the possible dangers of glyphosate and has set a deadline of 2015 for determining what action, if any, the government should take against it.
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