Increase Pesticide Regulation to Protect Residents’ Health

Hazardous-pesticide

Target: Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo

Goal: Increase regulation of pesticide use to protect the health of New Yorkers

In the ever-changing ecological climate the time has come to recognize the harmful effects of pesticides on the health of residents. Children have been proven especially vulnerable to pesticides due to both their physiological makeup as well as their physical behavior. Children with still developing nervous, immune, and digestive systems are far less able to detoxify pesticides than adults. Unfortunately they are also frequently less inclined to engage in behavior such as washing the produce they eat or simply washing their hands after handling produce. An increased emphasis on health and nutrition is admirable but if the fruits and vegetables they are encouraged to eat as a higher percentage of their diet are laced with harmful pesticides and toxins, then the benefits suddenly translate into a tremendous risk.

Pesticide contamination is far more widespread than one might think. There are on average three million cases of pesticide poisoning every year. Of these cases over 200,000 annually result in deaths. Imprecise application frequently leads to unintended exposure for other animals besides harmful insect life, humans included. On a developing child this exposure in minor ongoing doses can result in a wide range of neurological health effects including memory loss, loss of coordination, and poor motor skills. Even the intended inert components in most pesticide formulations such as solvents can become toxic if inhaled or absorbed by the skin.

With the growing array of highly effective natural pesticides such as those utilizing extracts from chrysanthemum flowers, garlic, and chili peppers, the benefits of toxic pesticides no longer outweigh the vast array of risks. It simply makes no sense to continue down a harmful path that is both costly to the health of children and entirely needless given the growing variety of viable alternatives.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Cuomo,

While the potential for harm from pesticides has been well documented, the severity of this harm has been completely underrepresented. This is a widespread issue that impacts a large number of individuals in a much greater scope than traditionally anticipated. Overall roughly three million cases of pesticide poisoning occur every year. Among these cases, well over 200,000 result in death. The manner in which pesticide contamination can occur stretches far beyond simply failing to wash produce. Imprecise pesticide application frequently leads to unintended exposure to toxic substances for a variety of organisms including humans.

This contamination can have great impact on all; however, children have proven to be especially vulnerable. This is due to both their physiological makeup and the actual physical behaviors they exhibit. Children physiologically contain nervous, immune, and digestive systems that are still developing and thus far less capable of detoxifying toxic substances such as pesticides. This, in conjunction with behavioral attributes such as being far less likely than adults to wash the produce they will be consuming as well as their own hands, puts them at an extreme risk. This risk translates to a strong pesticide influence even when the doses are comparatively minor. In a developing child these supposedly minor exposures can still result in a plethora of neurological health effects such as memory loss, loss of coordination, and poor motor skills.

A tremendous number of highly effective natural pesticides are being put into practice daily now. These products, which utilize sources such as extracts from chrysanthemum flowers, garlic, and chili peppers, provide all of the pest-control benefits without any of the ongoing risks inherent with utilizing toxic chemicals. For the health and safety of all the time has come to drastically increase protective regulations surroundings pesticide usage within New York.

[Your Name Here]

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