Organic Food Goes to School by klutzfu53

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									Winter 2008                                                                                                                                                    Volume 2, Number 1




                       Organic Food Goes to School
    A    cross America, school districts                                                                                                    food is offered. The St. Paul, Minnesota




                                                                                         Source: Steven R. James, Oregon State University
 have rewritten their wellness policies                                                                                                     school district began offering more fruits
 with the goal of including healthy                                                                                                         and vegetables in its school lunch program
 nutrition in school cafeterias. The Local                                                                                                  at the same time the number of kids buying
 School Wellness Policy, part of the Child                                                                                                  lunch increased.
 Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act                                                                                                          More school board wellness policies,
 of 2004, required each school district                                                                                                     when discussing nutrition, now emphasize
 participating in the National School                                                                                                       serving locally grown food and sometimes,
 Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast                                                                                                      organics. The Berkeley, California
 Program to develop a local wellness                                                                                                        wellness policy states, “the food served
 policy.                                                                                                                                    shall be organic to the maximum extent
     These policies had to be in place                                                                                                      possible.” The wellness policy of the the
 by fall of 2006. In some instances, the      children’s urine to pesticide residues on                                                     Eugene Oregon 4J School District states,
 policies mention serving organic food        conventionally grown food. When parents                                                       “The district will look for opportunities to
 in the school cafeteria.                     switched their kids from a conventional                                                       integrate local, organic foods into the meals
     Now, NCAP is poised to conjoin our       to an organic diet, those residues became                                                     served to students … based on availability,
 agriculture program that helps farmers       undetectable “almost immediately.”                                                            acceptability and price.”
 grow and market organic potatoes with
 food distributors that supply school         School lunches nourish children




                                                                                                                                                                                           Source: USDA
 districts. NCAP expects to see organic         Using information gleaned from the new
 potatoes in two pilot school districts by    studies, more school boards throughout
 late 2008.                                   the country are discussing how access to
                                                                                                                                                 More
                                              organic food can be part of their health and
                                                                                                                                                than 5
 Studies reveal chemical traces               nutrition policies.
                                                                                                                                                billion
 in children’s bodies                            For many children, the school cafeteria
                                                                                                                                               school
    Getting children to eat organic produce   is the best source of steady nutrition.
                                                                                                                                              lunches
 is proving more and more critical. Over      According to the USDA, five billion
                                                                                                                                                  were
 the past several years, a number of          school lunches were served in 2006.
                                                                                                                                             served in
 published studies have revealed that the        More than half of those meals were
                                                                                                                                                 2006.
 amount of pesticide residues in children’s   served to children qualifying for free or
 urine is linked to their diet. Scientists    reduced priced lunch. The majority of those
 are concerned about organophosphate          children are between the ages of 8 and 13.
 insecticide residues affecting children’s       NCAP’s goal is to bring organically
 brain development and nervous systems.       grown food to this vulnerable population,
       According to a March 2003              many of whom are least likely to afford                                                          In 2005, 400 school districts nationwide
 Environmental Health Perspectives            organic. Feeding such a large, sensitive                                                      were purchasing locally grown food. In
 study, concentrations of common              population organic food can only have                                                         2006, Woodbury County, Iowa became
 insecticide breakdown products found         positive outcomes for learning and future                                                     the first county in the U.S. to mandate the
 in urine were six to nine times higher in    health.                                                                                       purchase of locally grown, organic foods.
 kids eating conventional diets compared         Will children eat healthier lunches?                                                          To make organic food widely accessible,
 to kids eating primarily organic diets.      A recent University of Minnesota study                                                        NCAP is working with Idaho potato farmers
     In a February 2006 study in the same     found that the number of children who                                                         to help them go organic.
 journal, scientists linked pesticides in     buy lunch does not decrease when healthy                                                                               continued on page 2

      Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides • P. O. Box 1393 Eugene Oregon 97440 • (541) 344-5044 • www.pesticide.org
Board of Directors
Cliff Bradley, Montana
                                           Carrie Wullen Frazier Donates AND Volunteers!
                                           W
Jean Cameron, Oregon
Woody Deryckx, Washington                         ith two small children in tow, Carrie      about donation slips and envelopes getting buried
Gail Gutsche, Montana                   Wullen putted around Eugene in her pickup            at the bottom of a stack of mail,” says Wullen,
Helen Haberman, Oregon                  truck a few months ago, stopping in and out of                               adding, “We like knowing
Betty McArdle, Oregon                   businesses to pick up auction items donated for                              that NCAP can count on a
Susan Medlin, Idaho                                                                          DEDICATED
                                        NCAP’s 30th Anniversary Celebration. Then she                                regular donation from us.”
Soozie Nichol, Washington
                                        came into the office and helped with admin-          DONOR AND                   Wullen        originally
John O’Connor, Idaho
Randy Selig, Oregon                     istrative tasks, as she’s done for several years.    SPECIAL                 became       involved      in
Deanna Simon, California                    As if that level of volunteerism weren’t                                 pesticide-related     issues
                                                                                             VOLUNTEER
                                                                                                                     when she interned with
Staff                                                                                                                Pesticide Action Network
Executive Director                                                                           North America (PANNA) in San Francisco in
Norma Grier                                                                                  the early 1990s. She was later hired as Assistant
Program Coordinators                                                                         Development Director.
Megan Kemple                                                                                    During her time at PANNA she learned about
Aimee Code                                                                                   NCAP.
Jennifer Miller                                                                                 When Wullen moved to Eugene with her
Kay Rumsey
                                                                                             family in 2004, she wanted to get involved in
Aria Seligmann
                                                                                             the community and NCAP “was a natural fit,”
Financial Manager                                                                            she says. “I was familiar with NCAP’s work and
Edward Winter                                                                                helping to ensure a safe and healthy place for
Development Director                                                                         my sons to live is a priority.”
Stacey Janssen                                                                                  Wullen says she “was delighted” when her
Database Manager
                                        Carrie Wullen Frazier with son Finnegan              neighborhood park, Shadowood, was included in
Lynn Buckman                                                                                 Eugene, Oregon’s pesticide-free parks program.
                                        enough, Wullen and her spouse are also regular          “I can now visit the park with my children and
Administrative Assistant
Katie Schuessler                        donors to NCAP.                                      feel confident that they can play in the grassy field
                                            They’ve chosen to donate to NCAP using the       without coming into contact with herbicides or
Find Us                                 automatic monthly payment option. “It’s easy for     pesticides,” she says.
NCAP                                    us to budget accordingly and I don’t have to worry
P.O. Box 1393
Eugene, OR 97440-1393
(541) 344-5044 (phone)
(541) 344-6923 (fax)
info@pesticide.org
                                           Organic Food in School, continued
www.pesticide.org                                                                                      Western Farmers,
                                        Starting at the source: helping
ISSN: 1937-6545                         farmers go organic                                         Researchers to Convene
                                           NCAP is helping farmers make the transition
                                        to organics by offering information they need.           Organic potato farmers and researchers are
  NCAP membership dues:                 NCAP Sustainable Agriculture Program Director         gathering in Portland in January to discuss
                                        Jennifer Miller has secured funding for research      how they manage insects, diseases and weeds
  Basic                       $25
  Limited Income              $15       and market assessments and helped disseminate         without chemicals. Hailing from the five
  Associate                   $50       the results.                                          major organic potato producing states in the
  Sustainer                  $100            Farmers have said they need help managing        west, California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and
                                        weeds without chemicals, fertilizing with             Washington, the group’s members will also
                                        legumes and composting, identifying rotation          identify research and education needs.
a member of                             crops and accessing new markets for organically          This strategic planning session is commonly
Earth Share of                          grown potatoes.                                       done for crops grown conventionally, with
Oregon                                       Through NCAP’s work, those new markets,          support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
                                        such as school districts, will be reached,            NCAP is helping to bring this USDA method
                                        providing an outlet for an ever increasing            of strategic planning for pest management to
    NCAP is a member of EarthShare      number of organically grown crops.                    an organically grown crop for the first time
of Oregon. Employees at participating           NCAP continues to look to the future          ever.
EarthShare of Oregon workplaces
may give to NCAP by payroll
                                        for organic food. With more school districts             The report generated from the meeting
deduction. Ask your employer, or        recognizing the importance of going organic           will help researchers obtain federal funds to
contact EarthShare of Oregon at         and NCAP working with farmers, the prospect           support work on high priority needs of organic
503-223-9015.                           for organic food in schools making the grade is       potato farmers.
                                        a definite “A.”

            2      Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides • P. O. Box 1393 Eugene Oregon 97440 • (541) 344-5044 • www.pesticide.org
                           Stories of a Neighborly Approach
   Karen McCarthy promotes                     spraying, and got nowhere.
                                                  More bureaucratic stonewalling came
simple, often “homespun,” ways to deal         when then Governor Gray Davis vetoed
with landscape challenges for her clients      the Healthy Schools Act bill, citing it
in Bainbridge Island, Washington, often        as too costly.
using the tips she receives from NCAP’s           Not to be deterred, Maselbas worked
Healthier Homes and Gardens program.           with other parents and an attorney to
She says she’s noticed the more she            convince the school to use least-toxic
offers pesticide-free solutions, “the less     methods and post when the fields were
likely the gardeners are to go to what
I call ‘the stinky aisle’ at the hardware                   ACTIVATORS
store to solve their problems.”
   McCarthy quickly adds that although         going to be sprayed.
she uses the word “problem,” she tries             “We drafted a policy and procedure
to help her clients understand what            with the superintendent to come up with a
they might perceive to be a problem            plan that didn’t limit use of pesticides but
“is really just part of nature’s cycle and     required them to try least-toxic methods        Bainbridge Island, Washington landscaper
rhythm, which is often resolved without        first,” she says.                               Karen McCarthy teaches homespun, responsible
                                                                                               ways to deal with nature’s cycles and rhythms.
intervention from us.”                               “That took years and was not an
                                               easy process,” says Maselbas. “The
                                               groundskeeper had always used pesticides,       Monday. We ended up on the front page of
                                               so he was quite resistant to change.”           the paper on Sunday.”
  ‘Every effort we make to be                                                                     Although Maselbas looks back at the
                                                                                               media coverage as “horrendous,” it was
responsible, no matter how                                                                     effective.
small, all adds up — one way                                                                      Monday came. No one sprayed.
                                                                                                  After the issue was publicized, a
or the other.’    —Karen McCarthy
                                                                                               community forum was held, which brought
                                                                                               in many more parents. The greater numbers
                                                                                               helped in establishing an IPM (integrated
   McCarthy says she has many clients                                                          pest management) committee to arrive at a
and colleagues who are older and who are                                                       no-spray agreement with the school board.
often thrilled to be reminded that people                                                      Shortly thereafter, when the Healthy
managed pest and weed issues without                                                           Schools Bill was floated the second time
pesticides and herbicides until recently.                                                      around, Davis signed it.
   She adds, “With this inspiration,                                                              Now, the parent group is currently
people frequently recall methods                                                               working on refining policies and procedures
that were modeled to them in their                June Maselbas stopped the spraying at her
                                                  son’s school in Marin County.                so they’ll be in place no matter which
youth. This is a great way for me to learn                                                     parents are involved, or who the new
new ‘old’ approaches that I can then share                                                     superintendent      is.     (The      current
with others.”                                     While the parent committee and lawyer        superintendent is retiring this year after 27
   Lastly, McCarthy reminds her clients        were drafting policies and procedures with      years in the position.)
that, “Every effort we make to be              the superintendent, a verbal agreement             “We’ll get more specific about
responsible, no matter how small, all adds     ensured that no pesticides would be sprayed     procedures that will happen,” says
up — one way or the other.”                    until a policy was written.                     Maselbas.
                                                  But then the parents found out the
   T                                           groundskeeper was going to spray.

                                                                                                   S
       en years ago, June Maselbas                The parent committee sent a letter to
discovered the playing fields at her son’s     every parent in the school, explaining the             he crawled through her Tucson home
elementary school in the Kentfield School      spraying was occurring and why it was not       in the middle of the night, seeking out noisy
District of Marin County, California           good for children.                              crickets, can of Raid in hand.
were being sprayed with pre-emergent              “I put down five board of trustees’ phone        That was 23 years ago. Today, Baker
herbicides. Not wanting her son and            numbers and suggested they call,” says          City, Oregon resident Suzanne Fouty is
other children to be exposed to the toxic      Maselbas.                                       the pesticide reform activist of her 'hood.
chemicals, she took action.                       She also mailed the letter to the local
   She approached the board of trustees                                                                                continued on page 4
                                               paper, the Marin Independent Journal.
of the school district to ask for a stop to       “The groundskeeper was to spray on

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    Neighbors, continued

   When Fouty recently moved into her                                                             help her with her vegetable garden, Fouty
new neighborhood, her next-door neighbor                                                          says, “I was clear we use no pesticides
mentioned he sprayed malathion for aphids                                                         and no fertilizers, and we had an amazing
in his ornamental trees, mentioning “He                                                           crop — not a single bug. That just blew her
has to be careful because if he inhales it his                                                    away. She told her sister.”
face goes numb,” says Fouty.
   She asked NCAP for information on
safe alternatives and bought some Safer
                                                                                                         She asked NCAP
soap for her neighbor to use.                                                                        for information on safe
   “He was willing to give it a try,”
says Fouty.                                                                                          alternatives and bought
   “The first year the aphids weren’t bad
and they were in dormancy the next year,”        Baker City, Oregon resident Suzanne Fouty,          some Safer soap for
she says.
                                                                                                     her neighbor to use.
                                                 pictured here with her dogs, shares pesticide-
                                                 free tips with her neighbors.
   Fouty then decided to plant a
vegetable garden in her front yard. Her
neighbors began bringing her grass                                                                   The fact there were no bugs on the
clippings for her garden and she told                                                             tomatoes was a “big selling point,” says
them she could only take their clippings               ‘I was clear we use no                     Fouty.
if they used no pesticides and no                                                                    “We planted beans, tomatoes, lettuce,
fertilizers.                                      pesticides and no fertilizers,                  cucumbers and we share. I encourage all
   That raised awareness in the
neighborhood, as did her request that               and we had an amazing                         the neighbors to come pick. I tell them I
                                                                                                  like for their children and pets to be safe
neighbors let her know if they were going          crop — not a single bug.’                      coming by and picking.” Fouty adds she
to use pesticides so she could keep her dogs                                                      also feels that way about the birds and
off their lawns.                                                            —Suzanne Fouty
                                                                                                  squirrels that come by.
   “I’m lucky I have wonderful neighbors,”                                                           Fouty says the transition from Raid user
says Fouty. “I don’t know if that’s something                                                     to organic gardener hasn’t been difficult.
you can always get.”                                                                                 “Once you start reading the back of the
   When one of her neighbors offered to                                                           labels it’s pretty creepy,” she says.



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               Pesticide-free Parks Program Given Green Light
     N  CAP’s pesticide-free parks program                                                            ‘The pesticide-free parks
in Portland, Oregon has proved successful.
   Implemented three years ago in October                                                           program is an important
2004 as a three-year trial in just three                                                          part of the City of Portland’s
parks, the pilot program culminated with
a big boost recently when Portland Parks                                                            efforts to protect human
Commissioner Dan Saltzman announced                                                               health and the environment...’
the program would be continued and                Parks Commissioner, Dan Saltzman
expanded to include at least two additional       announces the expansion of the                      —Portland Parks Commissioner Dan Saltzman
                                                  pesticide-free parks program at NCAP’s
parks.                                            30th anniversary event in Portland.
   Saltzman gave the good news on
October 20th at NCAP’s 30th Anniversary
                                                                                                             staff liaison, demonstrating the
Celebration in Portland.
                                                                                                             city’s level of commitment to the
   “The pesticide-free parks
                                                                                                             program and to its responsibility
program is an important part of
                                                                                                             to manage its parks in ways that
the City of Portland’s efforts to
                                                                                                             ensure the health of people,
protect human health and the
                                                                                                             animals and the environment.
environment, while involving
                                                                                                             That commitment has been
community members in the
                                                                                                             essential for the program’s
process,” he says.
                                                                                                             success.
                                                                                                                According to Pesticide-free
                                                                                                             Parks Program Coor-dinator,
                                                                                                             Megan Kemple, “People want
                                                                                                             pesticide free parks! We’re very
          ‘People want                                                                                       pleased the city of Portland
                                                                                                             has made the commitment to
         pesticide-free                        Rachel Carson Awards for Excellence in Pesticide              continue the program and expand
            parks!’
                                               Reduction were given to Portland parks staff
                                               Martin Nicholson, left, and Pesticide-free Parks   it to include more parks.”
           —Megan Kemple, NCAP
                                               volunteers Curtis Eivers, Caran Goodall and            While looking forward to expanding
                                               Linda Parrish. Dan Saltzman stands between
                                               Goodall and Parrish.
                                                                                                  the program in Portland, NCAP is also
                                                                                                  excited that more Northwest parks are
                                                                                                  becoming pesticide-free. Oregon City
   Since the inception of the program at          NCAP has partnered with Portland
                                                                                                  and Milwaukie, just outside of Portland,
Portland’s Lair Hill, Sewallcrest and Arbor    Parks and Recreation (PP&R) to make
                                                                                                  recently established their first pesticide-free
Lodge parks, people have shown their           the program successful. NCAP recruits
                                                                                                  parks, and all city parks in Lincoln City,
enthusiasm for places they can go with         volunteers, coordinates monthly work
                                                                                                  Oregon were just designated pesticide-free.
their families and pets where they won’t be    parties in each of the pesticide-free parks
                                                                                                  The movement is growing!
exposed to pesticides. Proving they want       and evaluates progress. The volunteers who
                                                                                                      If you are interested in seeing your
to leave a legacy of clean water, clean air    keep things happening attend the monthly
                                                                                                  neighborhood parks designated pesticide-
and healthy ecosystems for their children      work parties and make sure to meet the
                                                                                                  free, please contact Megan Kemple at
and others, nearly 300 volunteers have         maintenance standards set by the parks
                                                                                                  portland@pesticide.org            or       call
contributed more than 1,400 hours of labor     department using techniques such as hand-
                                                                                                  (541) 344-5044, ext 17.
and 1,422 people have signed petitions in      weeding, flame-weeding and mulching.
support of pesticide-free parks.                  For its part, PP&R provides a program


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                                     NCAP Celebrates 30 Years
   T   hank you to NCAP supporters for a        Linda Parrish, Dona Hippert, Caran
wonderful 30th Anniversary Celebration!         Goodall, Xander Patterson and Martin
Together we toasted 30 years of success with    Nicholson.
organic wine generously donated by Frey             Thanks to their hard work, Portland Parks
Vineyards and enjoyed tasty appetizers. We      Commissioner Dan Saltzman announced
were entertained by the stunning sounds of      the three-year pilot program had proved
Grammy-winning guitarist Doug Smith             successful and will continue.
and Judy Koch Smith on flute.                       It was a thrill to meet so many old friends
   Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors     and to see some new faces, as well. NCAP
and donors, our silent auction was a success.   is fortunate that our board members, staff
Check out the extensive list of donors on       and dedicated volunteers were on hand to
the next page.                                  make the evening flow smoothly. Happy
   We awarded our volunteers who make           anniversary, NCAP!
our Pesticide-free Parks program in
Portland so successful. Recipients of the
Rachel Carson Award for Excellence in              Norma Grier                                       Executive Director Norma Grier
                                                                                                     highlighs 30 years of NCAP success
Pesticide Reduction were Curtis Eivers,            Executive Director
                                                                                                     at the celebration.



       ‘NCAP plays
   an important role
   in helping people
      shake their
    pesticide habits.
     Thanks for all
   your terrific work
    over the past 30
         years.’
                                   NCAP Financial Manager Edward Winter, Norma
            — Andy Harris          Grier, Board Members Betty McArdle, Susan
       Physicians for Social       Medlin, Jean Cameron, Gail Gutsche, John                       NCAP Board President Jean Cameron
             Responsibility        O’Connor. Seated: Helen Haberman, Deanna                       and Portland Parks Commissioner Dan
                                   Simon.                                                         Saltzman peruse the silent auction.




                                                     ‘NCAP is the first
                                                   call we make when
                                                    we need to know
                                                   the environmental
                                                       impacts of a
                                                  pesticide or solutions
                                                      for workable
                                                      alternatives.’
                                                        —Dan Kent, Managing
         Program Coordinator                      Director, Salmon Safe Project         Program Coordinator Aimee Code (right) with
         Megan Kemple.                                                                  daughter Haley Ann and mother, Judith Waugh.

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                     Thanks to our 30th Anniversary Sponsors!
              Lead Sponsor:                        Ergonica                                       Moby Dick Hotel & Oyster Farm
   Mountain Rose Herbs                             Eugene Textile Center                          Mother Nature’s Baby Store
                                                   Food Front Cooperative Grocery                 Mountain Rose Herbs
                 Sponsors:                         Footwise - the Birkenstock Store               New Seasons Market
   Frontier Natural Products Co-op                 ForeverGreen Eco Weeders                       Old Wives’ Tales Restaurant
   Nature’s Control                                Frey Vineyards                                 Oregon Ki Society
   New Seasons Market                              Fyberworks Boutique                            Peaceful Valley Farm and
   Rosie Hippo’s Toys                              Gazelle Natural Fibre Clothing                        Garden Supply
   Trillium Natural Foods                          Grampa’s Gardenware Co.                        People’s Food Co-op
                                                   Hawthorne Auto Clinic, Inc.                    Pine Dune Pottery
                                                   HealthQuest Spa                                Pioneer Organics
         Auction Item Donors:                      Holly Berry                                    Portland Bamboo Company
   Antech Labs
                                                   Hound Dog Products                             Portland Patagonia Store
   Anthro Corporation
                                                   Hummingbird Wholesale                          Portland Rock Gym
   Amy Palatnick
                                                   I Run With Scissors                            Roo Bling
   Bijou Café
                                                   Jean Cameron                                   Rosie Hippo’s Toys
   Breathe Deep Productions
                                                   Jennifer M. Moore                              Sandy Eastoak
   Breitenbush Hot Springs
                                                   NorthWest Outdoor Center                       Steven Rotter MD
   Café Mam Coffee
                                                   Dr. Joyce R. Young, N.D., IBCLC                The Sugar Beets
   Charles David
                                                   Kathleen Piper                                 Suzinn Weiss Garden & Design
   Choice Organic Teas
                                                   Karla Comartin                                 Territorial Seed Co.
   Christina Scarzello
                                                   Lindsey O’Rear                                 Tin Shed Café
   Clouds Hill Farm
                                                   Mama Rose’s Naturals                           Tin Woodsman
   Contech Electronics Inc.
                                                   Marco’s Café and Espresso Bar                  Trade Roots
   Core Star: Center for the Living Arts
                                                   Margaret Feller                                Trillium Natural Foods
   Culinary Awakenings
                                                   McArdle Projects                               Two Dudes Flyfishing
   Denise Jessup with Holly Berry
                                                   Michael Wickes Photography                     Wildwood Restaurant
   Donna Sakamoto Crispin
                                                   Misty River                                    Yoga Pearl



                 NCAP Sponsors The Great Food and Farm
                       Celebration Tour in Idaho
   NCAP’s     Sustainable   Agriculture           Guests were treated to an organic feast at
Program Director Jen Miller and NCAP           Susan’s home. They also toured four farms
Board Member Susan Medlin celebrated 30        that are important local food suppliers.
years of NCAP’s success with the “Great           The tour included the Boise Urban
Food and Farm Celebration Tour” in Boise       Garden School, Meadowlark Farm,
on July 8.                                     Sweetgrass Farm and Peaceful Belly
                                               Farm.

                           Boise event sponsors included:

   Bigwood Bread                                   Peaceful Belly Farm
   Boise Co-op                                     R’You Being Served
   Boise Urban Garden School                       Red Feather
   Chocolat Bar                                    Rodenator
   Classic Signs                                   Snake River Winery
   Farm Management, Inc.                           Sustainable Growth
   Lava Lake Land & Livestock                      Sweetgrass Farm
   Magic Valley Compost                            TNT Seed Company
                                                                                               Residents learn pesticide-free
   Meadowlark Farm                                 Western Ag Research                         techniques while touring the Boise
   Nu Earth                                        Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop            Urban Garden School.

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  insecticides used on fields near their                                                       financial support from more than 2,300
  mothers’ homes. (See excerpt below.)
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Linked to Maternal Exposure                          pesticides.                               by promoting alternatives to pesticides.
        to Pesticides
   A new study focusing on children born
in California’s Central Valley suggests            Children were six times more likely to      development of the nervous system. They
that cases of autism in those children         have been diagnosed with autism if their        conducted this exploratory study using
might be linked to prenatal exposure to        mothers had spent early pregnancy in            information gleaned from several state
two insecticides used on fields near their     homes within 500 meters (547 yards) of          databases, focusing on children born in
mothers’ homes.                                fields with the highest levels of dicofol and   Central Valley, an agricultural region.
   Cases of autism and related disorders       endosulfan applications when compared to            After identifying children who had been
were associated with maternal exposure         a group whose mothers did not live near         diagnosed with autism, they matched the
to applications of dicofol and endosulfan      agricultural fields.                            mothers’ addresses to agricultural activity
during early pregnancy. The rate of autism         Autism is characterized as a                in the area. They then honed in on specific
increased as the amount of pesticide           neurodevelopmental disorder. California         pesticides that had been used nearby during
use increased. Distance of the mother’s        researchers wanted to test the idea that        the mother’s first eight weeks of pregnancy.
residence was also a factor, with cases of     pesticide exposure from living near             Read more at:
autism decreasing the farther away she         agricultural fields during pregnancy            http://www.pesticide.org/hhg/autism.html
lived from the fields.                         might contribute to problems with fetal


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