"It's not the dose that makes the poison any more. It's the exposure to a wide array of environmental chemicals, even at the lowest levels of exposure, that can harm children's health."- Dr. Leo Trasande, Langone Medical Center, New York University
Outdoor play and physical exercise are important aspects of every child's development, but it should not involve an exposure to toxic chemicals.
Pesticides commonly used to maintain turf have been associated with an increased risk of cancer, neurological impairment, birth defects, asthma and other serious illnesses. Children are particularly vulnerable to these impacts due to their rapidly developing physiology, their hand-to-mouth behavior and their immature elimination and detoxification systems.
A ChildSafe School prohibits the use of toxic pesticides on school grounds.
Why is exposure to turf pesticides a problem for children? This Q&A sheet has the answers.
The science demonstrating the potential health risks of pesticide exposure is particularly robust. Here are some recent studies.
This sample school policy prohibits the use of pesticides on school grounds, and includes a detailed protocol for non-toxic turf maintenance.
Any school can make its playing fields and grounds completely safe for students, teachers and staff. Here's your checklist!