Every year Americans use more than 80 million pounds of pesticides and other chemicals on their lawns and gardens. Small amounts of pesticides reach their targets and the rest is absorbed in the ground, washed into surrounding water sources, or can be tracked into homes.
There are alarming potential health risks associated with pesticide exposure. Lawns, playground, and athletic fields are where children and pets play, and where they can be directly exposed to harmful chemicals which have been linked to a large variety of health issues including cancers, birth defects, and developmental disorders.
Transitioning to organic land management can be a complex, long process, but land care professionals across the country are learning about organic maintenance by non-profits, environmental agencies, and consulting organic professionals. Below is a map of pesticide reform policies across the US from Beyond Pesticides.
If you are in the process of or seeking information about passing a pesticide ordinance in your town or city, please contact us.
As organic lawn care becomes more mainstream and there is a greater variety of resources and options, there will be more town-based organic ordinances, laws, and petitions.
Review Beyond Pesticides’ “Tools For Change” Page