Pesticides

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Top Reasons Shrewsbury should switch to an ‘Organic-first’ approach for Town-owned Property

Concerns About Pesticides

The demand for organic lawns and athletic turf is driven by concerns about human health and the environment. Organic management is beneficial to human health and the environment in many ways: eliminating the use of synthetic pesticides; building a diverse, robust ecological system that holds nutrients and water; reducing pollution due to leaching and run-off; and recharging groundwater and streams with clean fresh water.

The primary goals of organic land care are:

  • Maintaining soil health
  • Eliminating the use of synthetic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers
  • Increasing landscape diversity
  • Improving the health and well being of the people and web of life in our care.

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For a lot more reasons, check out these lists from great resources:

ORGANIC-FIRST TOWNS

WELLESLEY

Organic Integrated Pest Management Policy for Land Owned by the Town of Wellesley, Massachusetts

Wellesley NRC and BOH Partner to Encourage a Pesticide-free Community

USPIRG – Thriving Communities Guide: 10 Places Where You Can Live Roundup-Free (includes Irvine & Wellesley)

Wellesley Grow Green Initative

MARBLEHEAD

Marblehead Board of Health Organic Pest Management Regulations

IRVINE, CA

CITY OF IRVINE – Organic Pesticides Program

CITY OF IRVINE Integrated Pest Management Program 2017 Annual Report

City of Irvine CA – Public Works Department Maintenance Operations Policies and Procedures for INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

HOW IRVINE BECAME SOCAL’S FIRST NON-TOXIC CITY

Irvine council decides to go organic on pesticides and herbicides

NEWBURYPORT, MA

Newburyport city councilors propose herbicide ban Ordinance would prohibit glyphosate in City

Newburyport BOH proclaims April ‘Alternate to Pesticide Month’

FALMOUTH, MA

Falmouth Health Board Approves Glyphosate Moratorium On Town Land

MARLBOROUGH, MA

Marlborough DPW is using goats to clean up the Holt’s Grove Conservation Land

 

NORTHEAST ORGANIC LAND CARE 
Ten Reasons to Ditch Your Lawn and Garden Chemicals

GREENING OUR CHILDREN
Safe Lawns Campaign

BEYOND PESTICIDES
Map of U.S. Pesticide Reform Policies

ORGANIC CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION
Get Pesticides out of your Community


EFFORTS:

Trails Committee Minutes 2019-09-11

Other Business
Kevin Esposito explained that the Town will no longer allow spraying of pesticides on Town Properties.

PAST EFFORTS:

Annual Town Meeting (May 2019)

  • Citizens Petition for Town Property Pesticide Reduction By-law (DEFEATED 50-113 / 31%-69%).

Shrewsbury Town Property Pesticide Reduction Bylaw – Substituted Motion

Shrewsbury Town Property Pesticide Reduction Bylaw – PETITION for MAY 2019 ATM


LOCAL VIDEOS

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LOCAL NEWS

06/17/19 – Cape Cod: The uphill battle for communities that ban pesticides

05/23/19 – Shrewsbury town meeting rejects pesticide measure

05/17/19 – Shrewsbury Town Meeting members gear up to vote on FY2020 budget

  • Citizen petitions include requests for a Town Property Pesticide Reduction bylaw; resolving Hexavalent Chromium found in wells; resolving the overuse of Route 140 in the “Shrewsbury Town Common Historic District;” authorizing the establishment and appointment of a Town Comparison Study Committee; a Home Rule Amendment to increasing citizen opportunities to hold elective office; and an amendment to add a Shrewsbury historic preservation bylaw.

04/10/19 – Shrewsbury reviews petitions for town meeting on Rt. 140, water quality, pesticides, historic preservation

01/14/19 – Protect Our Cape Cod Aquifer (POCCA) asks towns to enact no-herbicide policy

05/14/18 – State medical society voices concern over pesticides’ safety

10/24/17 – Weed killer RoundUp banned in Warwick

09/15/17 – Rep. Fernandes Files Bill To Regulate Pesticide Use

10/25/15 – [Natick] Growing interest in organic

09/24/15 – Grant helps Natick start organic land care pilot program

04/21/15 – Springfield organic lawn care efforts at city parks, athletic fields expands to homeowner workshop

10/28/14 – UMass Lowell institute awards $20,000 grant to Springfield for organic land care practices at 6 parks and fields under pilot program

08/29/12 – Algea still unhealthy in Dean, Jordan ponds


IN THE NEWS

03/20/19 – A Mother’s Exposure to Pesticides During Pregnancy May Raise Children’s Autism Risk

03/14/19 – MIAMI BANS GLYPHOSATE, MAIN ACTIVE INGREDIENT IN MONSANTO’S ROUNDUP

01/17/19 – 12 Reasons Why Even Low Levels of Glyphosate are Unsafe

12/06/18 – The weedkiller in our food is killing us – Growing research show that glyphosate, one of the most widely used herbicides in the US, causes cancer

09/15/18 – HOW A RAGTAG GROUP OF OREGON LOCALS TOOK ON THE BIGGEST CHEMICAL COMPANIES IN WORLD — AND WON

04/24/17 – That Perfect, Toxic Lawn: American Suburbs and 2,4-D

02/26/17 – Lawn and disorder: America’s obsession with the perfect home lawn is terrible for the environment

03/16/16 – Lawn Pesticides Are Not Safe or Necessary

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