The Irvine City Council will consider an organic pesticide policy for the city from Non Toxic Irvine, a group of Irvine parents that seeks to end the use of toxic pesticides in the city, at the February 23 meeting. The group is asking for the city to abandon conventional pesticides in favor of organic landscaping practices that are considered effective and use considerably less water.
Non Toxic Irvine’s says regular pesticides are proven to cause a number of health issues even with low levels of exposure in city parks, medians and walkways. Non Toxic Irvine turned in petitions and comments to city leaders asking them to stop the use of toxic pesticides in Irvine via a Change.org petition.
At the February 23 City Council meeting, Non Toxic Irvine will make a 15-minute presentation and will be joined by the following two UC Irvine professors who will present scientific research regarding the impact of pesticides on human health. These speakers include:
– Dean Baker, MD, MPH, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Director of UCI’s Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and Chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
– Bruce Blumberg, Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology in UCI’s School of Biological Sciences and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering.
In May 2015, the Irvine Unified School District ended the use of glyphosate/RoundUp on IUSD campuses after lobbying on the part of Non Toxic Irvine.
Non Toxic Irvine also seeks to end the use of toxic pesticides by Irvine’s more than 240 homeowner associations on the parks, greenbelts and other areas they maintain.