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A Call to Action on Pesticides in Scarsdale: Letter to the Editor

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This is a letter from Scarsdale residents Deborah Hemel, Darlene LeFrancois, and Michelle Sterling. They urge Scarsdale homeowners to stop using harmful pesticides on their lawns. 

Dear neighbors,

We are writing to ask you to join us in an effort to improve the health of our community.

Many households in Scarsdale opt for natural lawn care and pest control, however some homeowners continue to employ companies that utilize chemical pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers. Medical professionals have become increasingly concerned about the safety of such chemicals, especially when used in residential settings. Mounting laboratory and epidemiological data shows that commonly used lawn care and pest control products contain human carcinogens, endocrine disrupters and neurotoxins. Unfortunately, such chemicals persist in our environment long after the little yellow warning signs come down. In addition to landscapers and exterminators, children and pets who play outdoors are at highest risk of exposure.

Each of us has the right to apply whatever products we choose to our property, however the decisions we make affect not only our own families, but our neighbors as well. Chemicals travel by air and by water, by shoe and by paw. One neighbor's decision to apply dangerous chemicals to his or her property has the potential to affect surrounding neighbors, even those who choose not to utilize such chemicals themselves.

All of us in this community are dependent upon each other to create a safe environment for ourselves and our children. Please join us in utilizing natural lawn care and pest control.

For more information, please go to:
www.beyondpesticides.org

Sincerely,

Deborah Hemel, MD
Darlene LeFrancois, MD
Michelle Sterling

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+1 #5 Barbara 2017-07-20 20:26
JP McHale actually uses Neem Oil which is 100% organic (derived from the Neem Tree) and is an Aryuvedic Medicine used in India for hundreds of years.. you can actually eat the stuff. Only if injested in high quantities for humans does it pose any alteration to the individual's health. And even then IF it does anything it can cause a temporary decrease in reproduction abilities. But studies show that only if the Neem Oil is consumed in medicinal doses that require proper quantity and frequency so it's highly unlikely to do anything with infrequent lawn applications. JP McHale puts the signs up to keep the children off to allow For absorption.
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+2 #4 Question 2017-07-19 23:04
"Chemicals travel by air and by water, by shoe and by paw. One neighbor's decision to apply dangerous chemicals to his or her property has the potential to affect surrounding neighbors, even those who choose not to utilize such chemicals themselves."

Could someone who knows clarify whether and why it is particularly dangerous to me if my neighbor occasionally uses pesticides on his/her lawn? I understand second hand smoke, but I am far less clear on this. Any support or research on this specifically would also be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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+7 #3 D. Scheiden 2017-07-19 07:29
It is good for all of us to educate ourselves about chemicals. However, I hope that this group is not going to request that the Mayor and Board of Trustees impose a law that micromanages residents' lawn care. Additionally, I urge sustainability advocates in our town to monitor how much in pollutants they emit with all their driving.
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+7 #2 Al Hoffer 2017-07-18 19:54
Al Hoffer
Pesticides registered with the EPA and used by legitimate lawn care companies are not dangerous.
if someone is applying something illegally it should be stopped. Everyone we can cite studies that support their position for or against the use of chemicals.

The careful use of pesticides have greatly improved our lives.
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+6 #1 Mike 2017-07-18 14:18
This answers the question as to who put an anonymous letter(same as above) through my mail slot, followed, shortly thereafter, by an advertisement for a "green" landscaping company.
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