Lawn Pesticide Fact Sheet Bill 5234 and 7096
Of 30 commonly used lawn pesticides, 19 have studies linking them with cancer, 13 are linked with birth defects, 21 with reproductive effects, 15 with neurotoxicity or abnormal brain development. 1
A Study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that home and gardern use of pesticides can increase the risk of childhood leukemia by almost seven times. 7
Lawn pesticides can be tracked inside of schools where they can persisit for long periods of time contaminating air, dust, surfaces, and carpets and exposing children to these toxic chemicals even if they are not in contact with the grass. 8
There are safe, effective, affordable alternatives to using toxic lawn pesticides. A number of towns in Connecticut have successfully switched to pesticide-free organic lawn care. 10
IPM is allowed for 3 years on athletic fields in order to restore the soil (which becomes degraded through pesticide use) and make the transition to pesticide-free organic care. 11
There is provision for pesticides use if there is a condition that threatens the health and safety of the children. For example, an underground wasp nest or an infestation of ticks. 11
There are significant gaps in the safety testing of toxic lawn pesticides. 12
Lawn pesticides can contaminate well water. 11% of residential wells tested in a Connecticut town showed the presence of one or more lawn pesticides. 13
With so many unknowns and with plausable evidence of harm to children, it makes no sense for our children to be involuntarily exposed to the unnecessary use of these toxic chemicals expecially when there are safe, effective, affordable alternatives.
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