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From October 31, 2005
in North Carolina Win State Wide Recognition
Children spend almost half their time in school. A study published this summer in the Journal of American Medical Association, found that students and school employees are being poisoned by pesticide use at schools and from drift off of neighboring farmlands. IPM is a common-sense approach to pest control that dramatically reduces the risk of exposure to pesticides for students, teachers and staff in our public schools. There is a growing, nation-wide movement to protect children’s health using IPM. To date seventeen states have enacted school IPM laws.
In North Carolina, local school districts have taken the lead in implementing creative, cost-effective programs that ensure clean, safe learning environments for children. The NCSU Integrated Pest Management Program recognized 11 school districts that have already implemented an IPM program, as well as 10 districts that are in the process of implementing new programs. The combined result of their efforts is providing more than 375,000 students and staff in North Carolina an opportunity to learn, work and play in an environment where they are not exposed to toxic pesticide residues.
The recognition ceremony was held at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.