To: Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Minneapolis Citizens for Eliminating Pesticides in Our Public Parks

Minneapolis Citizens for Eliminating Pesticides in Our Public Parks

We call upon the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board to implement a pesticide-free management policy on all park-owned and park-leased properties.

Why is this important?

Whereas scientific studies associate exposure to pesticides with health risks to infants, children, pregnant women, and the elderly;

Whereas pesticides are harmful to pets, wildlife, beneficial insects (including bees, currently at great risk from colony collapse
disorder), and natural ecosystems; and

Whereas, toxic runoff from pesticides and chemical fertilizers pollutes lakes, rivers and drinking water sources:

We, the undersigned, call upon the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board to enact a policy to entirely eliminate the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers on all park-owned and park-leased properties, including
all land and all bodies of water under MPRB control, in order to protect the public and promote a healthy, sustainable environment; and we call upon the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board to implement a pesticide-free management policy on all park-owned and park-leased properties.


Reasons for signing

  • Monsanto products should not be allowed in MN
  • Use of pesticides creates dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico waters released from the Mississippi Delta. These same pesticide exposures also create dead zones in our gut that make our personal physical and mental health decline over time. Exposure is cumulative, yet even two weeks on organic only foods and lifestyles, away from homes and areas treated with pesticides, begins to reverse the levels of pesticides in humans. Let us be mindful of all people‚Äôs requirements for healthier lives.
  • I value my family's health more than a weed-free lawn, and you should, too. Herbicides don't know when to stop killing.

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