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Roundup at Recess? How to Get Cancer-Causing Pesticides Off Your Local Playground

Ready for some good news about the environment? Two University of California, Berkeley alumnae recently succeeded in convincing the entire UC system to suspend its use of the cancer-causing pesticide glyphosate in its landscaping. If they can do that, maybe we all can accomplish something similar in our neighborhood schools, parks and playgrounds.  Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Bayer-Monsanto’s pesticide Roundup, in addition to many other commercial pesticides. Glyphosate is known to cause cancer in humans, with exposure a particular risk for children and the developing fetus. It’s the most commonly used pesticide in the world and has been found to contaminate air, water and soil across vast expanses of the U.S. It shows up in the food Americans eat every day.  Read more....

 

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