California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) Workshop
A 2014 California Department of Public Health report found that 1 in 4 Monterey County schoolchildren attend school within 1/4-mile of fields that apply some of the most hazardous agricultural pesticides on the market. That is the highest rate in the state. The report also showed that Latino schoolchildren are most heavily impacted–320% more likely than white children to attend schools near the heaviest use of hazardous pesticides in Monterey County.
We want our schoolchildren better protected from the health threats of hazardous drift-prone pesticides. Most immediately, we call for the following two policies that could be enacted by our County Ag Commissioners or the Department of Pesticide Regulation today:
1) One-mile protective “buffer zones” around schools that are free from drift-prone hazardous pesticides; and
2) One-week advanced notification of schools of any pesticide applications within one mile of school grounds.
Our children deserve better! Please attend this workshop to tell state officials that you want greater protections from pesticide use near schools. SPREAD THE WORD!
When: June 2nd, 5:30 PM
Where: Cesar Chavez Library, 615 Williams Rd., Salinas, CA
*Spanish interpretation will be provided.