Progressive Pesticide Policies
Concerned communities across the U.S. and Canada are taking action to protect the health of their residents by adopting practices and policies to limit or even eliminate the use of pesticides in public places.
Below is a list of just a few of the many towns joining this growing trend:
• City parks or park areas designated as pesticide-free:
o Lawrence and Wichita, Kansas
o Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
o Seattle, Washington
• Marblehead, Massachusetts: Organic Pest Management Policy for turf and landscape on all town-owned lands.
• Sebastopol, California: Voluntary Toxics Free Zone. City property is maintained without pesticides. The city supports voluntary reduction of pesticide use among residents.
• San Francisco, California: Most toxic pesticides are banned on city property, including outdoor parks, golf courses, public housing, and any building owned by the city.
• Toronto and Halifax, Canada: By-laws restrict the use of lawn pesticides for cosmetic purposes on both private and public property.
Contact your local public works department to find out what your city is doing to reduce the use of pesticides. Residents, too, can help to reduce pesticides in their community by maintaining their own yards without the use of herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and other pesticides.
-Kate Wimsatt & Melissa Cooper Sargent
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