Help Stop Glyposate (Roundup) Use and Support Safe Parks in NYC!

While NYC passed a pesticide reduction policy in 2005, there is growing recognition that the law has not done enough to stop the use of toxic chemicals that endanger human health.
In 2014, NYC Public School teacher Paula Rogovin’s kindergarten class, after learning about the dangers of chemical pesticides, wrote their Councilmember Ben Kallos, asking him to “Make a Law!” and stop the use of harmful insecticides and herbicides in City parks and public spaces. And Councilmember Kallos did just that -introducing Intro 800 in 2015. However, that law now needs your support to pass through the NYC Committee on Health.

NYC has an opportunity to significantly improve the health and safety of its residents, particularly children that play in City parks and public spaces. The law will also protect pets from unnecessary pesticide exposure, and will limit the introduction of toxic chemicals in our water and air.

Please take the time to urge your City Councilmember to pass Intro 800, and consider following up with a phone call to their office to show that you’re serious.

NYC Local Law 37 passed in 2005, restricting the use of highly toxic and carcinogenic pesticides as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as chemicals considered by the state of California to be developmental toxicants. While the law made important progress in reducing some of the most dangerous pesticides on the market, it continued to permit a range of synthetic chemicals linked to chronic health effects in humans and population declines in wildlife. For instance, in 2015, NYC agencies sprayed Roundup (glyphosate), produced by Monsanto, over 1,200 times, with the majority of applications made by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. In fact, over 50% of all herbicide applications made by NYC agencies in 2015 contained the chemical glyphosate, which the International Agency for Research on Cancer has determined is a probable carcinogen. Insecticide use in 2015 was also concerning, as the City applied bee-killing neonicotinoid insecticides nearly 8,000 times. These systemic chemicals make their way into plants’ flowers and nectar, putting pollinators that feed on them at risk of death, or slow decline.  Intro 800 will help close the gap that continues to allow hazardous pesticides, like glyphosate and neonicotinoids, to be sprayed in NYC parks and public spaces. It will protect our kids, pets, pollinators, water quality, and wider environment.

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