It’s common sense: Any chemical used to help our food grow or keep our gardens healthy should be safe. But for too long, far too many have come with severe risks, including links to cancer and brain damage — threatening the health and well-being of kids, farmers, groundskeepers and the general public.
At one time, the benefits of using pesticides to increase crop yields to feed a growing nation may have made sense. But modern agriculture has no problem growing enough food to feed us all, and we now know so much more about the devastating impacts of these pesticides on our health and our ecosystems. It makes no sense to continue allowing these pesticides to put lives at risk when there are safer alternatives.
To protect public health from these dangerous pesticides, we’re starting with the worst of the worst — advocating for bans on toxic Roundup, drifting dicamba, bee-killing neonics and others. And we’re using the progress we make to set the stage for even bigger change in the future — to build a system where we don’t allow pesticides to put our health or well-being in jeopardy.
Director, Public Health Campaigns, PIRG
Zero Out Toxics, Advocate, PIRG
Vice President and Senior Director of State Offices, The Public Interest Network