Pesticides commonly used on lawns have been linked to birth defects, reproductive issues, neurotoxicity, liver damage, kidney damage, suppression of nervous and immune systems, and endocrine (hormone) disruptors. Lawn pesticides also have been linked to miscarriages, developmental delays in children, asthma and, of course, cancer. The list goes on.
The city of Ketchum recently passed a pesticide policy that is intended to greatly reduce use of toxic pesticides in public places. Kudos to Ketchum! The same opportunity is before Blaine County, the city of Hailey, the city of Bellevue, and the city of Sun Valley.
Rather than focusing on application of chemicals, the policy focuses on safe, effective, and natural methods of pest and weed control, keeping our kids and community safe and healthy. To learn more, check out Pesticide Action Network of Blaine County. www.pesticideactionnetwork.net. Write our elected officials to tell them that we are in favor of safe alternatives to pesticides.