Why not have your town be all organic like ours? Oh, I know some rail about how they won’t have ‘government’ telling them what to do on their property, but what if it’s for the health and safety of your family and your neighbors?
Let’s face it. Most towns have ordinances against burning trash, leaves or old tires.
Why would you want to go all organic? Research has shown again and again overwhelmingly close links between chemical pesticides and a long list of health problems, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Asthma, Birth Defects, Cancer, Diabetes, Endocrine Disruption, Parkinson’s Disease, Learning and Developmental problems, and Sexual and Reproductive Dysfunction for starters.
Have doubts? Check it out here: http://beyondpesticides.org/resources/pesticide-induced-diseases-database/overview
Now that we have that out of the way, how should you start?
You need an interested group of people. You might want to check out your conservation commission and see if they are interested in working with you on this. That’s the town committee that wrote ours.
Or perhaps you are a concerned parent. That’s what kick started the Takoma Park, Maryland’s first American ordinance banning chemical pesticides.
Next, you might want to check out if your town already has some sort of ordinance against using chemical pesticides – many towns do. Most of these have to do with using the stuff near your water sources or with aerial spraying. Ask your code enforcement officer for help.
Why is having some sort of ordinance already on the books probably helpful? If you do, it will be a place to start. You know that there is some concern already for using chemical pesticides.
The next steps? You have plenty to work on right now – organizing a group with your concerns and seeing if there is already an existing town ordinance banning chemical pesticides on some town lands.
We will continue this next week.