New York Making Healthier Playgrounds

There’s good news for school children in New York. The Child Safe Playing Fields Act, which took effect May 17, prohibits use of pesticides on playgrounds, athletic fields and all grassy areas in K-12 schools across the state.

This law represents major progress toward preventing children’s exposure to pesticides and the resulting health harms. Science clearly shows that during critical developmental windows, exposure to pesticides can cause long-term and irreversible damage for children’s health and cognitive development.

Schools in New York will transition to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices that do not use synthetic pesticides and rely on commonsense approaches to managing pests. Continue reading