We’re on a mission to help make all playing fields organic and free from harmful pesticides. Why? Over 26 million kids play sports on fields* and 65% of fields are sprayed with harmful pesticides**. It’s time for a change!
With the support of experts and advocates like Beyond Pesticides, Non-Toxic Neighborhoods, and Osborne Organics, we’ve been helping communities and families across America take the necessary steps to manage fields and our own backyards organically, free from the use of harmful pesticides.
*2015 SIFA Trends
**Gilden, R., Friedmann, E., Sattler, B., Squibb, K., & McPhaul, K. (2012). Potential health effects related to pesticide use on athletic fields. Public health nursing (Boston, Mass.), 29(3), 198–207. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1525-1446.2012.01016.x
Avoiding toxic chemicals goes further than food.
When it comes to pesticides, we believe your environment—the air you breathe and the fields you play on—is just as important as the food you eat. Many of the commonly used chemicals used on fields are either proven or likely endocrine disruptors, which can interfere with the development of children’s immune, reproductive, and metabolic systems.
Today, 68% of U.S. parents are more likely to buy a product labeled organic—their primary reason being to avoid pesticides*. However, we believe food is just one part of the preventative health equation, and we want to help families and communities avoid toxic chemicals in their food and beyond.
*Stonyfield and Lindberg International surveyed 1,000 adults ages 18 and older, comprised of 500 parents with children living at home in January 2018.
1. Glyphosate is deemed a potential carcinogen according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a subdivision of the World Health Organization
2. Pochettino AA, Bongiovanni B, Duffard RO, Evangelista de Duffard AM. 2011 Mar 3.
Join us in celebrating and supporting the towns across America who have already started taking steps to reduce the use of harmful pesticides on the playing fields in their community.
This map shows towns and cities that have comprehensive policies in place to restrict the use of toxic pesticides in community spaces. For more communities that have passed ordinances restricting pesticide use, check out this map from Beyond Pesticides here.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Change Your Community
Tell your town to stop using harmful pesticides! Tag your town in our Pesticide Portal, and you can quickly flag a park to have it reviewed by our StonyFIELDS task force.