"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 they should not involve being exposed 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.
Today there are a wide variety of lawn care products, techniques and training programs that can help you develop and maintain thick, lush, resilient turf without using chemical pesticides. In addition to being safer for young athletes, naturally-maintained fields tend to require less water, and are more resistant to drought and disease.