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“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
Please join us in celebrating and supporting the towns across America who have already begun to take 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 use of toxic pesticides in community spaces. For more communities that have passed ordinances restricting pesticide use, check out Beyond Pesticides map here.
meet Our Experts
We've teamed up with experts in the...field...to help us make our commitment a reality. Each one of these hand-picked team players believes in healthy soil, healthy people and the hope for a future without harmful pesticides or chemicals. Meet our A Team here!
Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc
Landrigan is the Professor of Biology and Director of the Global Public Health Program at Boston College and Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. For four decades, Prof. Landrigan has been a thought leader in environmental medicine. His early studies of lead poisoning demonstrated that lead is toxic to children even at very low levels and contributed to the US government’s decision to remove lead from paint and gasoline, actions that reduced population mean blood lead levels in the USA by more than 90%. A landmark study he led in the early 1990’s at the National Academy of Sciences defined children’s unique susceptibilities to pesticides and other toxic chemicals and catalyzed fundamental revamping of US pesticide policy.
Non-Toxic Neighborhoods is a program of Farmer’s Footprint devoted to protecting children from harmful and synthetic pesticides that are linked to negative health impacts. Non-Toxic Neighborhoods' national movement provides parents with the tools they need, and practitioners with the training they need, to end the use of glyphosate and other harmful pesticides in their communities. NTN has created a free PLAYbook with a step-by-step guide so you can help your school district and city do the same! NTN and their advisors believe that it should be a basic human right for children to be protected from pesticides where they play and learn. Non-Toxic Neighborhoods is leading the way with endorsements from Dr. Jane Goodall and every parent and child whose health and wellbeing are safe because of their efforts and work and partnership with Stonyfield Organic!
Beyond Pesticides is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., which works with allies in protecting public health and the environment to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides.
pesticides & playing fields in the news
Article: Palm Beach Daily News / Photo: Dombeya Seminole
Article: The New York Times / Photo: CreditCreditSteven Senne/Associated Press
Article: Bloomberg; Photo: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg
Article: The Orange County Register / Photo: Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG
Article & Photo: EWG
Article: New York Times; Photo: Carlos Chavarría for The New York Times
Article: Reuters; Photo: REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo
Article: Marin Independent Journal; Photo: Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal
Article: Reuters; Photo: REUTERS/Dave Stobbe
Article: NBCNEWS; Photo: Josh Edelson / Pool via Reuters file
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