Help NYC be Pesticide Free

Help NYC be Pesticide Free

New York City is poised to pass a groundbreaking bill that would ban the use of toxic pesticides in city parks and we need your help in requesting that Council Speaker Corey Johnson call the bill for a vote.

Pesticides are nonselective and are harmful to wildlife, pollinators and humans. Studies show that the use of professionally applied pesticides is associated with a 70 percent higher risk of canine malignant lymphoma. Many pesticides are toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms as well as being toxic to bees, birds and other pollinators.

The NYC bill – 1524 – would authorize the use of only biological pesticides (except in the case of some applicable exemptions) and ban all city agencies from spraying highly toxic pesticides, such as glyphosate, a key ingredient in Roundup, which is the city’s most heavily used liquid herbicide.

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate in 2015 as a “probably carcinogenic to humans” and concluded that the chemical likely causes a range of cancers, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, renal cancers, skin cancers and pancreatic cancer.

Yet, Roundup was sprayed 1,365 times in 2013, according to a city health department report. Recently a jury in Oakland, California awarded a couple $2 billion in damages after finding that sustained exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer led to their cancer diagnoses. Other juries have reached similar verdicts.

The bill was introduced by Council members Ben Kallos and Carlina Rivera and has support from a veto-proof majority of 24 City Council co-sponsors.

Please help us move this bill into law. Contact Speaker Corey Johnson and tell him to call the bill for a vote.

Speaker Johnson can be reached at 212 788-7210 or via email at SpeakerJohnson@council.nyc.gov