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At Community Day School in Sarasota, Florida the Precautionary Principle was adopted by the schools board of directors. As a result no chemical pesticides are used in the school’s Papa Ed and Mimi Sustainable Garden or on the campus. Advocating the Precautionary Principle means to hold the pesticide accountable and  no pesticide or any chemical can be used around children unless the pesticide is PROVEN safe first not relatively safe but completely harmless.

The Precautionary Principle and the Community Day School adopting of APP flies in the face of the chemical pesticide industry which is protected by the pseudo science of ” relative toxicity” in which chemical pesticides are registered for use by and on its” relative safety.” This is pseudo science since the pesticides relative safety is determined by regulatory on its LD 50.

So what is an LD 50 that determines a pesticides relative safety ? An LD50  is the amount of the pesticide (the Lethal Dose) that kills 50% of the lab animals tested. Therefore according to the tenets of relative toxicity (or safety) the pesticide with the lowest amount of chemical that kills the 50 % of lab animals ( LD50 Lethal Dose) the relative toxicity is greater than a chemical which kills the 50% of lab animals with a lesser amount.Therefore the chemical which uses a greater amount that kills the same 50% of lab animals is RELATIVE SAFER. What a crock!  Now if you do not pause and consider that bizarre enough remember the testing is only on the 50% killed by the lethal dose, but what about the surviving 50% what conditions did those animals suffer. There is no data no testing no reporting required on the 50% of surviving animals. And that is all we have as a nation to protect our children from damage due to pesticides exposure.

Comments Sarah Catherine Leithauser-French on pesticide registration and the LD 50 registration ” With all the false labelling hiding GMOS in food & drink under natural sounding words. Surely not a funny jokes to the millions with GI issues, allergies, nervous system, neurological & other maladies already. Unconscionable. Opposite of the Golden Rule. Plus arrogantly, and without apology.What about their own children, relatives, grandchildren, or friends? I can’t understand it at all.”

Four in five U.S. children are exposed to organophosphate pesticides, mostly from food. (Though several studies have also linked organophosphate exposure in pregnant women and children to residential insecticide use in urban areas, where indoor pest control is common.) In addition to pesticides, almost all children also carry levels of lead, mercury, the plastics additive bisphenol A, flame retardants, and dozens of other untested chemicals in their bodies. (more…)

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Treat the Earth well. 

It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

-Ancient Indian Proverb

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Cut Flowers—A Major Yet Little-Known Source of Toxic Pesticides Flower growers are actually among the heaviest users of agricultural chemicals, including pesticides that are suspected of being among the most toxic. This issue is not new.  The prevalence rates for abortion, prematurity, stillbirths, and malformations were estimated for pregnancies occurring among the female workers and the wives of the male workers before and after they started working in floriculture, and these rates were related to various degrees of exposure. A moderate increase in the prevalence of abortion, prematurity, and congenital malformations was detected for pregnancies occurring after the start of work in floriculture.” 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/11/cut-flower-pesticides.aspx
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Observed associations in humans and direct effects on neurodevelopmental toxicity in animal studies, caution is warranted for women to avoid direct contact with pesticides during pregnancy. 

Two new ground breaking peer reviewed published research articles now link certain childhood neuro – developmental disorders to prenatal residential exposure to two classes of widely used toxic pesticides,.

Specifically the research found that applications of two of the most commonly used agricultural and residentially applied pesticides namely organophosphates and pyrethroids near the home may increase the prevalence of ASD in early childhood (more…)

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The Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) has released a list of the top ten toxic chemicals “suspected to cause autism” and learning disabilities. According to the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) data from the research article entitled , “Environmental Pollutants and Disease in American Children, “the National Academy of Sciences reports that 3% of all neurobehavioral disorders in children are caused directly by toxic exposure in the environment and another 25% disorders are caused by interactions between environmental factors and genetics.

As these disorders continue to affect more children across the U.S., researchers are asking what is causing these dramatic increases. Some of the explanation is greater awareness and more accurate diagnosis. But clearly, there is more to the story than simply genetics, as the increases are far too rapid to be of purely genetic origin. (more…)

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Over the past few years there have been several important highlights of the Temple Beth Sholom Living Green Program. Today  we should remind ourselves  of these accomplishments and be so very proud.

With the understanding that the health of our school children could be affected by prevention of environmental exposures to toxins the Precautionary Principle was adopted by TBS  Board of Directors  The precautionary principle resulted in the implementation of non toxic and chemical pesticide free grounds maintenance, as well as the creation of an MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet book, which simply stated, only allows the use of products on the TBSS campus that are proven and known to be safe to children. That was a huge step but TBS did not stop there. (more…)

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