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Please join us as we take on our biggest MISSION yet. Let’s make every field in America ORGANIC by stopping the use of harmful pesticides on playing fields.

why

Because the air you breathe and the fields you play in are just as important as the food you eat

In a recent survey*, we found that while the majority of American parents (69%) are looking to lessen exposure to pesticides in food, nearly the same number of parents (67%) do not consider sports fields, playgrounds and parks to be of concern. Yet most of the playing fields and parks kids play on are treated with a chemical cocktail of herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. Many of the commonly used chemicals are either proven or likely endocrine disruptors, which can interfere with the development of children’s immune, reproductive, and metabolic systems.

Today, 68% of US parents are more likely to buy a product labelled organic, their primary reason being to avoid pesticides, but 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.

  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.

* Stonyfield and Lindberg International surveyed 1,000 adults age 18 and older, comprised of 500 parents with children living at home, in January 2018.

Join The Movement

“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.
Don’t see your town listed? Check back soon for the ability to apply!

apply For a Grant

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Learn

  • Pesticides 101
  • Health Impacts
  • Resources & Research
  • Recommended Reading
  • Recommended Podcasts
  • Expert Interviews

Act

  • Organic Lawn Care at Home
  • Step by Step Guide to Converting Fields in Your Community
  • Apply for Grant

Share

  • Our Story
  • Non-Toxic Irvine Story
  • First Field Story
  • Infographics / Images to Spread the Word

meet Our Experts

Chip Osborne

“Chip” Osborne, Jr., President of Osborne Organics, LLC, and Founder of the Organic Landscape Association has over 10 years experience in creating safe, sustainable and healthy athletic fields and landscapes through natural turf management.

Non Toxic Neighborhoods

In 2015 Non Toxic Neighborhoods formed as a grassroots team concerned about our children’s health and the ubiquitous and constant use of pesticides at our children’s schools, near our homes, playgrounds, parks and throughout our communities.

Beyond Pesticides

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.

Non-Toxic Neighborhoods

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Non-Toxic Neighborhoods

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News

  • Pesticides 101
  • Health Impacts
  • Resources & Research
  • Recomended Reading
  • Recommneded Podcasts
  • Expert Interviews

Blog

  • Organic Lawn Care at Home
  • Step by Step Guide to Converting Fields in Your Community
  • Apply for Grant

Events

  • Our Story
  • Non-Toxic Irvine Story
  • First Field Story
  • Infographics / Images to Spread the Word

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We’ll be sharing helpful tips and information over the next few months, with big news and a call to action later this summer.

“We want to ensure that every kid in America is protected from harmful chemicals and toxins. It starts with food, but we believe all children should play free as well– free from worry, free from harmful chemicals, and free from toxic persistent pesticides.”

- Gary Hirshberg, Co-founder and Chief Organic Optimist