No More Poison

“No More Poison” means that we are working to make a world where individuals, corporations, and government agencies do not disperse toxic chemicals, directly or indirectly, knowingly or otherwise, into the environment. In order to make this vision into a reality we are starting in our own back yards, literally and figuratively, with a long-term, wide-reaching campaign to discourage the use of toxic chemicals in and around our homes, businesses, and landscapes; throughout our community; and on the undeveloped lands in our watershed.

As 21st century Americans, we have been conditioned to believe that many commercially sold chemical products are safe and effective, although, generally speaking, they are neither. The TCWC keeps up with the research into the effects that commercial chemical products have on humans and the environment, and we share that information as widely and as frequently as we can. We also research, test, and develop non-toxic methods of dealing with pests and other issues, and promote those methods that are most effective and cost-effective.

I. INFORMATION ON PESTICIDES
The Clean Water Act (CWA) and Pesticide Discharges in/Near Water:
http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/home.cfm?program_id=4102.
“New Water Rules in California,” from Beyond Pesticides, 2012 – a highly publicized report, “Addressing Nitrates in California’s Drinking Water,” concluded that farming is responsible for underground water contamination in Central Valley, California. The state is poised to approve new groundwater rules to monitor underground water and control discharges of contaminants, such as fertilizers and pesticides:
http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=79973.
“Fertilizer, Pesticide Pollution Growing in California,” from Beyond Pesticides 2012:
“Report Finds Increased Levels of Chemical Pollution, Pesticides, in California Water Bodies,” in LA Times, 2011 – the report gathered monitoring data for 2008-2010 and concluded that more than half of the state’s water bodies do not meet existing water quality goals and many still need federal pollution control standards. Overall, waters with toxic pollution increased 170%, with the number of waterways contaminated by pesticides increasing by 36%. The number of waters inhabited by fish unsafe to eat is 24% higher:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/10/monitoring-reveals-more-california-water-pollution.html5.
“Pesticides in Well Water Linked to Parkinson’s Disease”, in LA Times, 2009:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2009/08/pesticides-parkinsons-disease-well-water-contamination.html

 

II. PESTICIDE ALTERNATIVES SITES

1. Pesticide Action Network North America
http://www.panna.org/

2. Beyond Pesticides
http://www.beyondpesticides.org/

3. Californians for Alternatives to Toxics
http://www.alternatives2toxics.org/

4. Pesticide Action Network New Zealand – home of one of PAN’s lead scientists
http://www.pananz.net/

III. ROUNDUP/GLYPHOSATE FILES

1. “RoundUp Birth Defects: Regulators Knew World’s Best-Selling Herbicide Causes Problems, New Report Finds,” in Huffington Post, 2011

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/07/roundup-birth-defects-herbicide-regulators_n_872862.html

2. “Study: RoundUp Directly Linked to Parkinson’s, Other Neurodegenerative Disorders” in Journal of Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 2012

Study Link: Journal of Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 2012  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0892036212000438

Article: http://www.naturalnews.com/037786_roundup_pesticides_parkinsons.html

3. “Cancer Cause or Crop Aid? Herbicide Faces Big Test”, Reuters, 2011
http://www.pananz.net/cancer-cause-or-crop-aid-herbicide.php

4. “RoundUp’s Not Okay”, Dr. Meriel Watts, PESTICIDE ACTION NETWORK, 2009 http://www.pananz.net/resources/Div_Loaded_Files/Documents/Roundups_Not_OK/2nd_PDF/Dr%20Merial%20Watts%20Roundup’s%20Not%20OK.pdf

5. “Weed-whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells” in Scientific American, 2009
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=weed-whacking-herbicide-p

6. “Common Herbicide Lethal to Wetland Species” in Conservation Magazine http://www.conservationmagazine.org/2008/07/common-herbicide-lethal-to-wetland-species/

IV. ORGANIC LANDSCAPING

1. Safe Lawns
http://www.safelawns.org

2. Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) – Home & Garden Toolbox http://www.pesticide.org/solutions/home-and-garden-toolbox

3. Organic Landcare – NOFA
http://www.organiclandcare.net/
–> NOFA blog:
http://www.nofaorganiclandcare.blogspot.com/

V. WHAT OTHER COMMUNITIES ARE DOING – A SAMPLING

1. New York State Bans Pesticides on School and Day Care Center Grounds
http://www.safelawns.org/blog/2010/05/new-york-school-pesticide-bill-becomes-law/

2. Connecticut Bans Pesticides in Schools and Daycare Centers
http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/p2/government/turf_mgt_without_pesticides_final_(2).pdf

3. New Jersey Legislators Seek Ban on School Playing Field Pesticides in 2013

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=8939

4. 17 Pacific Northwest Cities Feature Pesticide-free Parks and Playgrounds
http://greenlivingideas.com/2010/03/31/17-pacific-northwest-cities-feature-pesticidefree-parks-playgrounds/

5. Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) Pushing for Federal Legislation to Curb Toxic Pesticides and Pollutants in our Water, Air, and Soil
http://www.citizenscampaign.org/campaigns/pesticide-free-schools.asp

6. Richmond, California Unanimously Approves Pesticide Restrictions, 2012

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=7772

7. Arcata, CA Pesticide Ban – Ordinance
http://www.alternatives2toxics.org/arcata_pesticide_ordinance.htm

8. Fairfax, CA Municipal Pesticide Ban and Neighbor Notification- Ordinance

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/news/daily_news_archive/2001/04_18_01.php

9. Moms Advocating Sustainability – Marin County, CA Group Challenging Pesticide Use
http://www.momsadvocatingsustainability.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Toxin-Avengers-Cover-Story.pdf

10. Durango, CO – Town Goes Organic in ALL its Parks
http://www.safelawns.org/blog/2012/09/do-over-in-durango-western-town-goes-organic-after-all/

11. San Mateo County Forging Ahead with Plan to Virtually Eliminate Herbicide Use Along 315 Miles of County Maintained Roads
http://www.almanacnews.com/news/show_story.php?id=10476

12. Harvard Formally Adopts Organic Landscaping Methods Across its Entire Campus
http://harvardmagazine.com/2011/03/when-grass-isnt-greener

VI.  “INVASIVE” SPECIES – The TCWC believes that the invasive species issue has been largely overhyped and misrepresented due to a number of co-mingled factors, including industry influence (specifically pesticide/herbicide companies like Monsanto) and federal grant dollars (lobbied for by industry) that underwrite billions of dollars in expensive and futile “eradication” campaigns applied for by organizations like the NPS.

1. “Invasive Species: Animal, Vegetable, or Political?” National Policy Analysis by Dana J. Gattuso, 2006
http://www.nationalcenter.org/NPA544InvasiveSpecies.html

2.  “The Pesticides and Politics of America’s Eco-War” – award-winning journalist’s Mike Ludwig’s recent exposé on invasive species programs:
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/1515:special-investigation-the-pesticides-and-politics-of-americas-ecowar

3. “Invasion Biology: Critique of a Pseudoscience”- book by David Theodoropolous

–> Book review: http://www.patternliteracy.com/201-another-kind-of-genocide

–>Video on invasive species: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AT4Zczx_bik

–> Las Sombras Biological Preserve (David Theodoropolous website): http://www.dtheo.org/

4. “Invasive Species Widespread, but Not More Than at Home Range” in Science Daily, 2011
“Invasive plant species have long had a reputation as being bad for a new ecosystem when they are introduced. Stan Harpole, assistant professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology at Iowa State University, is founding organizer of a team of more than 70 researchers working at 65 sites worldwide that tested that assumption…”
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110301111459.htm

5. “Are Invasive Species Bad? Not Always, Say Researchers,” in Science Daily, 2010
Research from Brown University
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100517111939.htm

6. “In a Globalized World, are Invasive Species a Thing of the Past?” 2011
http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2077582,00.html

7. “Is Ecology Biased Against Non-Native Species?” in Smithsonian Science, 2011
http://smithsonianscience.org/2011/06/is-ecology-biased-against-non-native-species/

8. “Don’t Judge Species on their Origins,” in the journal Nature, (19 ecologist authors) 2011
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v474/n7350/full/474153a.html?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20110609

VII. PESTICIDE REGISTRATION – INDUSTRY INFLUENCE, EPA LAXITY

1. “NRDC Report: More than 10,000 Pesticides Approved by Flawed EPA Process,” from the National Resources Defense Council, 2013
–> see press release: http://www.nrdc.org/media/2013/130327.asp

–> see Report: “Superficial Safeguards: Most Pesticides are Approved by Flawed EPA Process” http://www.nrdc.org/health/pesticides/files/flawed-epa-approval-process-IB.pdf

2. “EPA’s Pesticide Testing Is Outdated, Insufficient, and Controlled by Industry,” in Scientific American, 2009
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=epas-new-pesticide-testing-outdated

3. “Registering Skepticism: Does the EPA’s Pesticide Review Protect Children?” in EHP, 2006
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1626397/