How pesticides are undermining our children’s health & intelligence

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Published on March 18, 2014

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How pesticides are undermining our children’s health & intelligence by Kristin S. Schafer, Policy Director for Pesticide Action Network and author of numerous reports on pesticides and health, most recently A Generation in Jeopardy.

A Generation in Jeopardy How pesticides are undermining our children’s health & intelligence Kristin Schafer, Policy Director Yountville, March, 2014

Kids are less healthy This generation is experiencing diseases & disorders their parents or grandparents were unlikely to face.

Children’s Health Harms on the Rise, 1975 - 2011

Kids are less healthy  Developmental disabilities. 400,000 to 600,000 of the 4 million children born each year are affected.  Childhood cancer: Overall incidence up 25% since 1975; leukemia & childhood brain tumors up 40% and 50%, respectively.  Asthma: More than 7 million now affected, up from 2 million in 1980.

Pesticides contribute to childhood health harms Particularly compelling data:  Brain & nervous system.  Certain childhood cancers.

Kids are exposed to pesticides where they live, learn & play Environments we’d like to consider “safe” — from womb to classroom to kitchen table — often bring children into contact with harmful pesticides.

Kids are exposed to pesticides where they live, learn & play Relative to their size, children eat, breathe and drink much more than adults. Daily exposure = cumulative & synergistic effects

Kids are exposed to pesticides where they live, learn & play  Even at very low levels, interference from pesticides at critical moments can derail development.  Some effects can last a lifetime.

Schools, parks & playgrounds Pesticides often linger in indoor environments Residues on books, walls, counters & desks

Schools, parks & playgrounds Of 40 pesticides most often used in schools:  28 cancer links  26 reproductive effects  26 nervous system harms  13 birth defects

Schools, parks & playgrounds  Herbicide use on playing fields is widespread; often a mixture of active ingredients  Children pick up residues on their clothing, shoes and hands

Schools, parks & playgrounds  Young children explore the world in hands-on ways  Pesticides used on wooden play structures and lawns end up on fingers & in mouths

Moving toward solutions School districts, cities and counties across the country are reducing use of pesticides where children live, learn and play

Moving toward solutions CT: Herbicide-free playgrounds and fields for daycare & K-8 since 2005. NY: Child Safe Playing Fields Actof 2010, daycare & K- 12

Moving toward solutions California’s Healthy Schools Act, 2000 Parent notification Encourages IPM using least-toxic controls

Moving toward solutions Model IPM programs: Los Angeles San Francisco Santa Barbara Palo Alto www.panna.org/green-schools

Moving toward solutions Strengthened Healthy Schools Act, 2014 (SB1405) IPM plan required Least toxic pest management training

Moving toward solutions Dozens of cities in Pacific-NW maintain pesticide-free parks and playgrounds

Moving toward solutions Nova Scotia, Quebec & 100s of Canadian municipalities ban “cosmetic” pesticide use on lawns, parks and playgrounds

Moving toward solutions “Children cannot make choices about their environment; it is up to adults to make the right decisions to ensure they are protected.” - Dr. Lynn Goldman

Resources panna.org/kids panna.org/schools beyondpesticides.org/schools safelawns.org sustainableplaces.org

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