Comment period ends April 4
Now's the time to let the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) know:
California's kids go to school to get smarter, not sicker.
And there will still only be a quarter-mile part-time buffer zone - far less than the full-time, one-mile buffer that scientists say is needed to provide protection from chemicals linked to cancer, asthma, reproductive and developmental harm, and IQ loss.
This isn't good enough. California leads the nation both in agricultural production AND use of harmful pesticides - so we must also lead the way in making sure the people who grow our food don't have to sacrifice their health and potential.
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
- Communities deserve to know when pesticides are going to be used near schools. At the least, County Ag Commissioners must post 48-hour notice on their website.
- Organophosphate pesticides are among the worst of the worst, linked to cancer, autism and brain damage. Like fumigants, they should not be used within 36 hours before the start of school.