A Generation in Jeopardy
How pesticides are undermining our children’s health &
intelligence
Kristin Schafer, Policy Direc...
Kids are less healthy
This generation is
experiencing diseases
& disorders their
parents or
grandparents were
unlikely to ...
Children’s Health Harms on the Rise, 1975 - 2011
Kids are less healthy
 Developmental disabilities. 400,000 to 600,000 of the
4 million children born each year are affect...
Pesticides contribute to
childhood health harms
Particularly
compelling data:
 Brain & nervous
system.
 Certain childhoo...
Kids are exposed to pesticides
where they live, learn & play
Environments we’d like
to consider “safe” —
from womb to
clas...
Kids are exposed to pesticides
where they live, learn & play
Relative to their size,
children eat, breathe
and drink much...
Kids are exposed to pesticides
where they live, learn & play
 Even at very low levels,
interference from
pesticides at cr...
Schools, parks & playgrounds
Pesticides often
linger in indoor
environments
Residues on
books, walls,
counters & desks
Schools, parks & playgrounds
Of 40 pesticides most
often used in schools:
 28 cancer links
 26 reproductive
effects
 26...
Schools, parks & playgrounds
 Herbicide use on
playing fields is
widespread; often a
mixture of active
ingredients
 Chil...
Schools, parks & playgrounds
 Young children
explore the world in
hands-on ways
 Pesticides used on
wooden play
structur...
Moving toward solutions
School districts, cities and counties across the
country are reducing use of pesticides where
chil...
Moving toward solutions
CT: Herbicide-free
playgrounds and
fields for daycare &
K-8 since 2005.
NY: Child Safe
Playing F...
Moving toward solutions
California’s Healthy
Schools Act, 2000
Parent notification
Encourages IPM
using least-toxic
cont...
Moving toward solutions
Model IPM
programs:
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Santa Barbara
Palo Alto
www.panna.org/green-scho...
Moving toward solutions
Strengthened
Healthy Schools Act,
2014 (SB1405)
IPM plan required
Least toxic pest
management
tr...
Moving toward solutions
Dozens of cities in
Pacific-NW maintain
pesticide-free parks
and playgrounds
Moving toward solutions
Nova Scotia,
Quebec & 100s of
Canadian
municipalities ban
“cosmetic”
pesticide use on
lawns, parks...
Moving toward solutions
“Children cannot make choices about
their environment; it is up to adults to
make the right decisi...
Resources
panna.org/kids
panna.org/schools
beyondpesticides.org/schools
safelawns.org
sustainableplaces.org
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How pesticides are undermining our children’s health & intelligence

How pesticides are undermining our children’s health & intelligence by Kristin S. Schafer, Policy Director for Pesticide Action Network and author of numerous reports on pesticides and health, most recently A Generation in Jeopardy.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Published in: Health & Medicine      
Source: www.slideshare.net


Transcripts - How pesticides are undermining our children’s health & intelligence

  • 1. A Generation in Jeopardy How pesticides are undermining our children’s health & intelligence Kristin Schafer, Policy Director Yountville, March, 2014
  • 2. Kids are less healthy This generation is experiencing diseases & disorders their parents or grandparents were unlikely to face.
  • 3. Children’s Health Harms on the Rise, 1975 - 2011
  • 4. Kids are less healthy  Developmental disabilities. 400,000 to 600,000 of the 4 million children born each year are affected.  Childhood cancer: Overall incidence up 25% since 1975; leukemia & childhood brain tumors up 40% and 50%, respectively.  Asthma: More than 7 million now affected, up from 2 million in 1980.
  • 5. Pesticides contribute to childhood health harms Particularly compelling data:  Brain & nervous system.  Certain childhood cancers.
  • 6. Kids are exposed to pesticides where they live, learn & play Environments we’d like to consider “safe” — from womb to classroom to kitchen table — often bring children into contact with harmful pesticides.
  • 7. Kids are exposed to pesticides where they live, learn & play Relative to their size, children eat, breathe and drink much more than adults. Daily exposure = cumulative & synergistic effects
  • 8. Kids are exposed to pesticides where they live, learn & play  Even at very low levels, interference from pesticides at critical moments can derail development.  Some effects can last a lifetime.
  • 9. Schools, parks & playgrounds Pesticides often linger in indoor environments Residues on books, walls, counters & desks
  • 10. Schools, parks & playgrounds Of 40 pesticides most often used in schools:  28 cancer links  26 reproductive effects  26 nervous system harms  13 birth defects
  • 11. Schools, parks & playgrounds  Herbicide use on playing fields is widespread; often a mixture of active ingredients  Children pick up residues on their clothing, shoes and hands
  • 12. Schools, parks & playgrounds  Young children explore the world in hands-on ways  Pesticides used on wooden play structures and lawns end up on fingers & in mouths
  • 13. Moving toward solutions School districts, cities and counties across the country are reducing use of pesticides where children live, learn and play
  • 14. Moving toward solutions CT: Herbicide-free playgrounds and fields for daycare & K-8 since 2005. NY: Child Safe Playing Fields Actof 2010, daycare & K- 12
  • 15. Moving toward solutions California’s Healthy Schools Act, 2000 Parent notification Encourages IPM using least-toxic controls
  • 16. Moving toward solutions Model IPM programs: Los Angeles San Francisco Santa Barbara Palo Alto www.panna.org/green-schools
  • 17. Moving toward solutions Strengthened Healthy Schools Act, 2014 (SB1405) IPM plan required Least toxic pest management training
  • 18. Moving toward solutions Dozens of cities in Pacific-NW maintain pesticide-free parks and playgrounds
  • 19. Moving toward solutions Nova Scotia, Quebec & 100s of Canadian municipalities ban “cosmetic” pesticide use on lawns, parks and playgrounds
  • 20. Moving toward solutions “Children cannot make choices about their environment; it is up to adults to make the right decisions to ensure they are protected.” - Dr. Lynn Goldman
  • 21. Resources panna.org/kids panna.org/schools beyondpesticides.org/schools safelawns.org sustainableplaces.org

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