Join the Pesticide Free SLC Campaign!
As you may know, Salt Lake City has partnered with the Healthy Babies Bright Futures alliance to conduct an assessment and implement approaches to reduce exposure to certain chemicals deemed most risky for babies in their first 1,000 days of development.
One of the ways we’re doing that is by piloting organic turf management at two Salt Lake City parks, with the goal of adding more City properties.
Now we’re asking you to join us! Take the pledge to be Pesticide Free in your landscaping. You’ll get a yard sign, as well as a helpful toolkit for how to use organic methods at your home or businesses.
“Pesticide Free SLC” is a public campaign to educate and encourage Salt Lake City residents and businesses to phase out chemical pesticide, herbicide, and fertilizer use from their landscaping.
We’ve compiled a toolkit of resources to help! You can visit our website to learn tips for managing pests, using organic fertilizers, and planting drought-tolerant species.
We also hope you’ll take the “Pesticide Free SLC” pledge and receive a tasteful, small metal yard sign demonstrating your commitment to keeping these chemicals out of your yard. Just as importantly, we hope this sign will inspire others in your neighborhood to learn more and take their own measures to go Pesticide Free.
Most fertilizers and pesticides (which include herbicides, fungicides, rodenticides, and other substances intended to prevent, destroy, repel, or mitigate any pest) that are made with harmful chemicals, even when used properly, affect human health and the health of our environment.
One of the most controversial is glyphosate—the main ingredient in the weed killer Roundup. In 2015, the World Health Organization classified it as a probable carcinogen. It’s sprayed on common agricultural crops like cotton, soya beans, and corn. It’s also common in many products used on personal lawns and landscapes.
Recent research is showing that human exposure has increased by 500% in the last two decades and, unfortunately, studies into the health effects on humans are lacking. The European Union is in the midst of deciding whether to phase it out.
Chemical fertilizers can also pose problems, by making soil and turf dependent on more and more inputs. Fertilizer run-off is also a big problem, and one of the contributors to Utah’s recent spate of toxic algal blooms.
So what can you do?
- Be informed. Read through the information on our Pesticide Free site and download our helpful PDF. Check out the resources from Beyond Pesticides.
- Commit to using organic and chemical-free lawn care. There are absolutely ways you can achieve green, healthy turf without traditional fertilizers and pesticides, but it does require a shift in thinking as well as in practices.
- Take the pledge and get a yard sign! We’ll contact you to coordinate pick-up or delivery of the sign.
- Spread the word! Share this post on social media and use the hashtag #PesticideFreeSLC. Talk to your friends and neighbors about how and why they can phase out the chemicals.