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Campaign to end Pesticides in MoCo

Dec 27, 2014 12:01AM
Safe Grow Montgomery is pleased that lawmakers have listened to residents, businesses and organizations across Montgomery County concerning unwanted exposure to harmful lawn pesticides. The bill proposes to restrict the use of certain harmful synthetic lawn pesticides, including herbicides, insecticides and others used for non-essential aesthetic purposes on manicured grasses. It will still allow pesticide use for agriculture, invasive species, noxious weeds and golf courses.

If passed, this would be a landmark ordinance to protect families, especially children and pregnant women, pets, wildlife (including pollinators), our waterways and the wider environment from the hazards of the unnecessary use of lawn pesticides in Montgomery County.

The ubiquitous use of pesticides in landscaping has given many the false notion that these chemicals are harmless. While Environmental Protection Agency regulatory policies can lag by decades in adequately acting on the growing body of scientific evidence of pesticides' adverse effects on human and environmental health, this bill is an important step for a local community like Montgomery County to proactively protect the health of its residents, especially those that are most vulnerable.

Adult and pediatric cancers, reproductive, endocrine and neurological problems, Parkinson's disease, learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, asthma and other health harms linked to the exposure of these chemicals also financially impact individuals and the county in terms of health expenses and lost productivity at work and school. The passage of the bill will place Montgomery County as leaders in Maryland moving toward healthy sustainable lawn care.

For more information, contact Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin at [email protected] or call 202-360-7166.

 

 

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