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Why do we need Protection Zones?

Tulare County has among the highest pesticide use in the country

•    Tulare County used more than 17.5 million pounds of pesticides in 2005—the third highest use of any county in California. (source: California Department of Pesticide Regulation)

•    Pesticides are the fourth biggest cause of air pollution or “smog” in the San Joaquin Valley— an area that is one of the most polluted air basins in the nation and leads the state in rates of childhood asthma.

Drifting pesticides can cause serious health problems, especially for children

•    A third of the pesticides reported used in California are capable of causing immediate poisoning (nausea, vomiting, rashes etc.), cancer, Parkinson’s disease, birth defects, sterility, neurotoxicity, and/or damage to developing children. Pesticides can also aggravate asthma and other respiratory problems.

•    Pesticides pose a greater health risk for children than adults because their bodies and brains are still developing. Exposure to pesticides during periods of development may have permanent, irreversible effects.

•    Over 90% of pesticides used in California drift very easily away from where they are applied. City of Lindsay residents reported in a recent survey that pesticides drift into their homes. A 2005-6 survey of Tulare County residents showed that 41% of respondents said that they had been drifted on by pesticides; 80% of respondents said they did not know who to report pesticide exposure to.

Tulare County’s schools are located very close to where pesticides are applied

•    Over 50% of all public schools in Tulare County are within 1/4 mile of agricultural operations.

•    A law passed in 2001 (AB 947) allows County Agricultural Commissioners to regulate pesticide applications within 1/4 mile of schools. AB 947 is currently NOT being implemented to protect any school in Tulare County.

We need Protection Zones to protect our communities’ and children’s health from pesticides

•    We need to create more space between pesticide applications and where people live, work and play (including schools, residences, businesses, day care centers, labor camps, hospitals, health clinics, nursing homes and fields being tended by workers,  as well as environmentally protected areas (such as wildlife preserves).

Download a factsheet in English and Spanish.

Act now to protect Tulare residents from pesticide air pollution!

Urge Tulare County authorities to take immediate action to protect our children by implementing AB 947 and establishing protection (buffer) zones around schools as well as creating protection zones around where we live, work and play to protect the health of all communities in Tulare County.

What you can do:

  • Endorse the Tulare County Protection Zone Campaign: Print out, sign and send in this endorsement form on behalf of your organization and/or sign and send in this petition if you are a Tulare County resident.

  • Get informed! Request a training in your community in English or Spanish to learn more about the dangers of pesticide air pollution and what you can do about it.
  • Get involved! For more information, to request a training and to get involved, contact:
    • Teresa DeAnda at Californians for Pesticide Reform, 661-304-4080, teresa [at] igc.org, or
    • Gustavo Aguirre at Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, 661-720-9140 x307, aguigustavo [at] gmail.com