Watertrough Childrens Alliance-
help us protect our children
 
5/22/13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Who: Watertrough Children’s Alliance 

Presents: Public Forum on Health Risks of Toxic Chemical Farming 

Where: Sebastopol Grange, 6000 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol 

When: Wednesday, May 29th, 7:00- 9:30 PM

Watertrough Children’s Alliance is a group of parents, children, educators, and community members associated with five schools: Sunridge, Apple Blossom, Orchard View, Nonesuch, and Tree House Hollow Preschool. At this free event, speakers will address the concerns and issues related to health risks of toxic chemical farming, and the progress of our mission to keep our children safe.

"Surrounding the schools, we have in place all of these 'safe zones,' like the '25mph speed limit,' or the 'no drug zone,' or the 'no tobacco zone,' or the 'no sex offender zone'. Somehow I think dousing them with heavy agricultural chemicals in the name of 'freedom to farm' without a 'no pesticide zone' is completely out of whack!," said Amber Risucci, a concerned parent of a child at Sunridge School.

Parents are deeply troubled by the acute, cumulative, and chronic health effects from the use of pesticides, fumigants, herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, and other toxic chemicals potentially involved in the conversion process of removing historic apple trees and planting a wine vineyard adjacent to the schools.

"The risks and health issues connected to the use of these toxic chemicals could impact many. There are 700 children and at least 75 staff members at the schools in close proximity to the site. During the conversion process, uprooting trees and churning up soil will likely unleash contaminants. Dust, erosion, and runoff mitigation measures approved and overseen by appropriate governmental agencies are essential in such a process. Who will take responsibility for the potential health impacts to this sensitive population?" asks Joy Hamel, resident and mother.

This group is committed to organizing to engage the current policies and standard practices that need changing. Their current petition has over 700 signatures.

"Our mission, at this point, is to keep our children safe from the massive spraying and dust that will occur during this time and beyond. Many allies have stepped in with varying interests. We are all here to keep our children safe, period." said Jina Brooks, mother of a child at Sunridge School.
 


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