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Finds Heavy Use of Pesticides in Schools Threatens Washington Children
“Our children can’t succeed in school where there are poisons on the playground and chemicals in the classroom that can harm their ability to learn,” said Angela Storey, the report’s author. “School districts should eliminate the use of hazardous pesticides and replace them with safer methods.”
The report finds that:
Since these districts
are the states largest, these findings mean that a majority of the state’s
children (67%) attend school in districts using high hazard pesticides.
“It is unconscionable to me as a parent, and as a physician, that
we continue to risk exposing our children to chemicals that could seriously
impact their health and development,” said Dr. Liliane Bartha,
a parent in the Olympia School District.
districts in Washington have shown that they can eliminate the most
harmful pesticides and still have attractive landscapes and safe buildings,”
added Ms. Storey. “Our state leaders need to take action now to
make the rest of Washington’s school districts safe for our kids
by banning high hazard pesticides.”
ACTION: Besides Washington, 16 states require schools
implement IPM. Find out what state
laws and local policies govern your school. Contact Beyond
Pesticides to learn how
to get your school to adopt an IPM program by:
For more information, see Beyond Pesticides' Children and Schools issue pages.