Stop the Poisoning of New York City Parks [Petition Against Glyphosate/Roundup]

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Reverend Billy Talen The Arsenal Parks Department No Round Up

A new petition has been started to get glyphosate, known commercially as Roundup, out of New York City Parks by NYC-based The Black Institute. Despite the information out there about health and environmental concerns related to the herbicide, manufactured by corporate behemoth Monsanto, the city agency thus far has been resistant to take the herbicide out of its, shall we say, arsenal (also the name of the building that houses NYC Parks offices at Central Park). The petition states:

In New York City, our parks are undeniable, timeless community magnets. Our parks provide recreation, relaxation, and a place to connect with others. Unfortunately, the New York City Parks Department has long used a chemical poison tied to causing cancer to control weeds. The toxic weed killer, glyphosate, widely used under its trade name, RoundUp, contains a chemical that is linked to irreversible neurological and endocrine-disrupting effects, severe kidney damage, asthma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and birth defects, amongst other grave and life altering conditions.

It is incumbent upon us to make our parks in NYC as safe as possible. Sign and share the petition today telling the Parks Department and New York City Council to stop poisoning our parks. We can and must do better because New Yorkers deserve poison free parks!

Photo:[October 5, 2015] – Coalition of activists led by Reverend Billy Talen stormed the Arsenal, which houses the offices of New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation to raise the alarm of the unsafe use of toxic Roundup being sprayed by Parks personnel all over New York City.

Sign and share the petition today telling the Parks Department and New York City Council to stop poisoning our parks.

Sign the Petition: Stop Spraying toxic pesticides! Decrease cancer and asthma rates and save the pollinators!!

To sign the petition, CLICK HERE

Athena Malloy and Carolina Kroon collect signatures on THIS petition (sign it!) outside the Park Slope Food Coop on Halloween.

Athena Malloy and Carolina Kroon collect signatures on THIS petition (sign it!) outside the Park Slope Food Coop on Halloween.

We, the undersigned, sincerely request an end to the use of harmful pesticides, Anvil 10+10 and Dibrum.

Stop Spraying toxic pesticides! Decrease cancer and asthma rates and save the pollinators!!

These are used as an attempt to counteract the West Nile virus throughout NYC boroughs and many parts of the nation.

Anvil 10+10 states on its label that it is toxic to bees. Dibrum is an organophosphate that EPA research shows is not only harmful to bees, it’s also carcinogenic and detrimental to the endocrine system of humans.

Honeybee populations have declined by 40-50% in the last few years! And the Agriculture Department says a quarter of the American diet, from apples to cherries to watermelons to onions, depends on pollination by honeybees. Please stop the use of these dangerous pesticides and use alternative means to prevent and tend to the few who have been harmed by the West Nile Virus.

One factor that would lessen the population is to increase the presence of mosquito predators. Bats and dragonflies are natural predators of mosquitoes who are also being harmed by the use of pesticides.
http://www.ongov.net/health/documents/AnvilProductLabel.pdf

http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/2015/10/epa-seeks-public-opinion-on-continued-use-of-neurotoxic-organophosphate-pesticides/

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/29/science/earth/soaring-bee-deaths-in-2012-sound-alarm-on-malady.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1

http://www.newsday.com/opinion/oped/let-s-enlist-bats-to-go-after-mosquitoes-1.10364012

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Petition was initiated by Brooklynites Carolina Kroon and Athena Malloy.