In California, where much of the country’s fruits and vegetables are grown, health-harming pesticides are routinely used on fields near schools. According to data from the state, more than 500,000 children attend schools within a quarter mile of fields where health-harming pesticides are applied.
Kids are also exposed to pesticides through the foods they eat, including school lunches. California’s pesticide residue monitoring found one or more residues on over half of the produce sampled. And studies tell us that — even at very low levels of exposure — pesticides can have long-lasting health impacts for children.
The good news is, this is a problem we can all do something about. Join parents, teachers and healthcare providers across the state in urging policymakers to protect school kids from pesticides in the air and on their plates.
We can all do something about protecting kids from pesticides. Take the pledge! Then download our Healthy Schools Toolkit on the next page for tips on how to get started.