The goal of Safe Grow Zone Initiative is to introduce an ordinance to the City Council, Safe Grow Zone Act of 2012, that would ban the use of harmful lawn pesticides on private and public property in Takoma Park, MD. Serious health risks are linked to lawn pesticide exposures, including cancer, childhood leukemia, asthma, endocrine disruption, kidney damage, birth defects, developmental delays, and Parkinson’s disease. Lawn pesticides are detected in urban creeks and groundwater where they are toxic to marine organisms. Many are lethal, on contact, to pollinators. We welcome questions, and we are happy to provide you with studies that substantiate the above facts.
If you are a Takoma Park, Maryland resident, please support our efforts by signing today.
We are inspired by the success of other cities and towns throughout the U.S. in creating laws regarding the application of these chemicals. We are especially motivated by the Canadian Cosmetic Lawn Pesticide Ban of 2009. Since the bans that swept Canada, affected regions report a 90% increase in the health of urban streams and creeks.
We would like to bring your signature before the City Council when we introduce the Safe Grow Zone Act. A component of this proposed ordinance would be education and outreach.