Guest Blog: New Hampshire Pesticide Vote Due Tuesday
NOTE: Last Tuesday advocates for and against the Child Safe Playing Fields Act in New Hampshire made their arguments. What follows is a recap from Ellen Fine, founder of the Leah Collective.
Witnesses, like Dr. Alex Lu of Harvard who is on an ad hoc committee overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency, testified in favor of HB #495; he promised the committee that if NH passed this law, he would seek funding for studies to study the health of children in this state.
Rep. Smith (LEAD SPONSOR OF #495) and former Rep. Susan Wiley spoke eloquently about the common sense nature of protecting children from pesticides at schools and Rep. Gile (CO-SPONSOR), former Chair of Family Law Committee, added her personal testimony of years of experience in education and how the passage of #495 would make a huge difference in the early developmental stages of children’s lives.
Doug and Patti Wood of Grassroots Environmental Education joined by in-state organic landscapers Brittany Phillips, Tom Kelly and Javier Gil gave legislators and the rest of us an excellent education on the basics of healthy organic approaches that would replace unsafe chemical methods of synthetic lawn care.
Bonnie Curry, medical editor of The LEAH Collective 32-page report on Children and Pesticide Exposure spoke about pesticide exposure and links to the Immune system and cancer, specifically lymphoma. The report, the work of many including lead researcher Kaija Starck, will be available online.
And finally Ellen Fine, Director of LEAH and senior editor of the report, presented information linking pesticides to asthma as a direct response to some legislators on the committee who still mistakenly believe there are no studies linking pesticides to cancer, asthma, ADD/ADHD, neurological and developmental impairment and childhood brain tumors.
These reps on Environment and Agriculture are spending the weekend catching up on some of this reading. It is your job to make sure they PAY ATTENTION.
DEMOCRACY is time consuming. Protecting kids’ health is rewarding and takes lots of time researching articles, presenting testimony and organizing ordinary people like YOU and ME so that together, WE can all make a difference!
If you are moved, please contact members of the Environment and Agriculture Committee. Contact information is on our website, www.leahcollective.org. The vote is THIS TUESDAY, MARCH 1, so they need to hear from you! PLEASE let them know in a polite way that you feel strongly about keeping kids healthy and…
You support #495 HEALTHY LAWNS, HEALTHY KIDS!