Most moms I know are focus on feeding their kids the best foods, and for many of them that means organic foods.
However, I know many moms still struggle with this. Some can’t afford it. Some don’t believe all the “hype” and many are just somewhere in between on the organic debate.
But no matter how you feel about the whole organic food situation, the food you serve your kids isn’t the only place they might be coming into contact with harmful pesticides.
Have you ever thought about what kinds of chemicals are used on the school playground, the sports’ team fields or at your local parks to keep the grass lush and green?
Unlike organic foods, this is probably a topic you haven’t thought about much.
Food Is Only Part Of The Story
In fact, in a recent survey conducted by Stonyfield Organics, it was found that 69 percent of parents are looking to lessen the amount of pesticides in the foods they serve their families. About 68 percent of the parents in the United States are more likely to buy a product labelled as organic in an effort to avoid pesticides. But food is only one part of the story.
More than 26 million kids play sports on fields and 65 percent of this fields are sprayed with harmful pesticides according to Stonyfield Organics, and 67 percent of parents don’t consider playgrounds, sports fields and their own backyards to be of concern.
With more than 35 years of experience in converting farm fields for their organic Stonyfield cows, the Stonyfield Organics company has become an expert in how to make land safer for animals and people alike.
Your Skin Is The Body’s Largest Organ
Stonyfield Organics not only wants to make sure that our food is safe, but they also want to make sure that you’re not absorbing harmful chemicals in places you think are safe for your children. After all, your skin is your body’s largest organic and can absorb chemicals and toxins too.
Stonyfield has been working with communities across the United States and organic experts to stop the use of pesticides on playing fields. Their goal is to educate and give communities and community leaders and parents the tools they need to convert their fields and backyards to organic and maintain them in a way that will be safer for our children.
This is how it works:
Every year – or maybe multiple times a year – your sports fields and parks are sprayed with pesticides to either cut down on bugs or to keep the grass green – usually both.
However, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, these chemicals can be potentially carcinogenic. When playing in these places, children (and you too) are directly exposed to these chemicals. They can be inhaled, absorbed into skin and even brought home to your house via shoes and jackets. According to Stonyfield, your children are more sensitive to these harmful effects because they weigh less, and their organs and detoxifying systems are not fully developed.
Many of the commonly used chemicals are either proven or likely to be endocrine disruptors, which means they can interfere with the development of children’s immune, reproductive or metabolic systems.
Find out more about pesticides on playing fields HERE.
Making The Change
But how do you start the process of getting your community to change and convert their public spaces to organic spaces? Stonyfield has a 4-step plan that includes:
- Find out what your community policy is on spraying chemicals in public areas.
- Look for groups and organizations in your community already working to create change.
- Form a group of concerned community members.
- Learn from communities that have already experienced success.
Read all the details and tactics for putting this simple plan into action HERE.
Also, check THIS MAP to see if your community is already on the list and see if your town has any policies in place for pesticide free parks and public spaces.