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    BAN Pesticides in Montgomery County, Maryland

     

    Eliminate Toxic Lawn Pesticide Use in Montgomery County! - on both public and private properties

    Petitioning Montgomery County Council (Maryland)

    Eliminate Toxic Lawn Pesticide Use in Montgomery County! - on both public and private properties

    Petition by

    Safe Grow Montgomery

    The pesticide lobbyists shouldn't be the only voice our
    County Council hears from -

    Let our lawmakers know Montgomery County residents are tired of running for cover every time lawn pesticide companies come around to assault our families and neighborhoods!

    SIGN this petition to ask Montgomery County lawmakers to be leaders in giving us public health rights and protect us from toxic cosmetic lawn pesticides --

    Be sure to include your comments to strengthen your signature!


    What are Cosmetic Lawn Pesticides? They are poisons registered by the U.S. EPA, designed to broadly kill living things - weeds and insects - to make the grass look unnaturally perfect!

    1. Takoma Park, Washington D.C., and other towns across America and Canada have already passed laws to protect the public's health by reducing exposure to harmful cosmetic lawn pesticides.

    2. Cosmetic lawn pesticides do not stay on target. These chemicals pose as toxic nuisances to neighbors, communities and the environment. They drift, pollute our common air, run-off into our waterways and drinking water source, and track into our homes on our shoes and clothing - where they can impact our health. Even if you choose not to use them on your own lawn, you are still exposed to their effects. Birds, fish, bees/pollinators and other non-targeted species are harmed when lawn pesticides contaminate their food source and habitat. Dogs and cats are also vulnerable to exposure and harm from these chemicals.

    3. Serious human health risks from lawn pesticide exposure include cancers, asthma, reproductive and hormone problems, neurological effects including learning disabilities, and Parkinson's Disease. Acute exposure can cause flu like symptoms, headaches, fatigue, slow pulse, nausea, diarrhea and depression. Pregnant women, infants and children, the aged, and the chronically ill are particularly vulnerable.

    4. Property values are maintained with beautiful lawns and landscaping without the use of harmful pesticides. Healthy alternative products and cost effective practices are now available. Landscaping and pesticide companies can easily shift to provide non-toxic products and services, as many American and Canadian companies in this field have already done.



    (For more information, visit us at http://safegrowmontgomery.org or at https://www.facebook.com/SafeGrowMontgomery )



    To:
    Montgomery County Council (Maryland)
    Please put Montgomery County residents' public health rights ahead of the individuals' interest of the grass. We ask Montgomery County Council to swiftly pass legislation that will eliminate the unnecessary use of toxic cosmetic lawn pesticides on both public and private properties in Montgomery County.

    1. Communities around the nation have already passed laws to reduce the public's exposure to harmful cosmetic lawn pesticides. (Takoma Park, MD, Washington DC, New York, Connecticut, Maine, etc)

    2. Cosmetic lawn pesticides do not stay put - These chemicals pose as toxic nuisances to neighbors, communities and the environment. They drift and run-off, polluting our common air and drinking water. The public is completely vulnerable to inhalation exposure. Birds, fish, bees/pollinators and other non-targeted species are harmed when lawn pesticides contaminate their food source and habitat. Dogs and cats are also vulnerable to exposure and harm from these chemicals.

    3. Human health risks from pesticide exposure are serious - includes cancers, asthma, reproductive and hormone problems, neurological effects including learning disabilities, and Parkinson's Disease. Acute exposure can cause flu like symptoms, headaches, fatigue, slow pulse, nausea, diarrhea and depression. Pregnant women, infants and children, the aged, and the chronically ill particularly vulnerable. Medical and special education costs due to environmental illness are passed as burdens to society and individual families.

    4. Property values are maintained with beautiful lawns and landscaping without the use of harmful pesticides. Healthy alternative products and cost effective practices are now available. Landscaping and pesticide companies can easily shift services to provide non-toxic products and services, as many American and Canadian companies in this field have already done.

    Montgomery County is in a position to be leaders on this issue and lead state of Maryland, whose Statehouse has already declared its grounds pesticide-free. There is enough proof today that lawn pesticides are dangerous to our health and our environment. We call on Montgomery County Council to enact policies now to protect public health.

    Sincerely,


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