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PROTECT OUR PUBLIC SPACES AND OUR CHILDREN: TIME FOR A NO SPRAY POLICY

on Thu, 07/15/2021 - 7:34pm
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07/15/2021 - 7:30pm

In North America, 133 cities have enacted various versions of No Spray policies, with Philadelphia most recently joining the list:

https://whyy.org/articles/philly-parks-are-going-organic-with-ban-on-synthetic-weed-killers/

It is time for St. Louis to join this trend and protect its citizens from toxic pesticides. You can help this effort! We are looking for people to contact their St. Louis City Alderman or St. Louis County Council members and tell them to support legislation for a pesticide ban.

There are many reasons to support a pesticide ban:

In 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (part of the WHO) classified Rooundup as a probable carcinogen. A growing body of scientific research common has linked the commonly used pesticide, 2, 4-D to harmful impacts on humans and the environment.There is much evidence of other herbicides and insecticides harming human health.

In urban areas, a disproportionate amount of pesticides are used on public parks in predominantly poor and African-American neighborhoods.  (Go to https://theblackinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/TBI_Poison_Parks_Report._010820_FINAL.pdf) This is environmental racism and may be one reason why some Black and brown neighborhoods experience much higher levels of  childhood asthma and other ailments than white neighborhoods.

In July of 2018, a California jury awarded Dewayne “Lee” Johnson $278 million in a lawsuit against Monsanto after deciding that Johnson's cancer was caused by the corporation's Roundup herbicide. In two other cases, juries granted large awards to people whose cancer (non-Hodgkin lymphoma) was caused by their use of Roundup. Over 100,000 plaintiffs are seeking compensation from Bayer-Monsanto.

If you want to talk to your local elected official, contact us:

email: nospraystl@gmail.com

Phone: 314-771-8576 or 314-727-8554

website: www.gateway-greens.org

facebook: March Against Monsanto St. Louis