When first established in 1997 we were known as Marin Beyond Pesticides
Coalition, the coming together of 44 Marin organizations and businesses working
to change the way people view the use of pesticides.
Created in a colabration between Marin Breast Cancer Watch and the Health
Council of Marin under the guidance of Pesticide Watch, our first objective
was to get the County of Marin to reduce the use of pesticides in public spaces
and implement an integrated pest management (IPM) strategy.
That goal was realized in December 1998 when the Marin County Board of
Supervisors passed the IPM Ordinance.
In 2009-10 the IPM Ordinance
and Policy was revised and was adopted by the Marin County Board of Supervisory
on January 14, 2010. Today the IPM Commission is meeting and pesticide use is
being reduced. Read about the IPM
Read about the IPM commission
Our goal today is to reduce the use of pesticides in schools and in private homes. A new group has formed to work with several school districts and the Marin County Office of Education to reduce pesticide use in schools. Kentfield School District was the first in Marin County to adopt an IPM Policy. The Pesticide Education Group (P.E.G.) is that new group. Double click on the underlined P.E.G. to see sample school policy. To see the full text of AB1006, Healthy Schools 2003 just click on the underlined. To get in touch with P.E.G. just double click P.E.G. President and e-mail them. To learn more about the national work with schools by a simple click on Schools.
We also have introduced our Pesticide Free Zone campaign, which consists of our Lady Bug yard sign which serves as a quiet reminder for everyone who sees it to think before applying poisonous pesticides. For the private home we ask that individuals sign the Pesticide Free Zone Pledge. Several cities in Canada have enacted no cosmetic spray ordinances. Read the Halifzx ordinance. Fairfax, California enacted a Neighbor Notification ordinance. Read that ordinance and think how nice it would be for your community. But the State of California through the Department of Pesticide Regulation has challenged the law and the city is going to fight to keep the RIGHT TO KNOW. See the pictures from the press conference in front of City Hall on May 23, 2001.
The City of San Anselmo is working on inaction of a Neighbor Notification ordinance. We applaud Boulder Colorado for their bold action of instituting Neighbor Notification. The Maximum penalty is $1,000 + 90 days in jail if the law is not followed. Read it for yourself.
Special Thank You to Mill Valley Whole Foods Market...see what they did!
Presently Marin County is having an epidemic of sudden oak tree deaths due to the spread of a fungus/brown algae. (Phytophthora, which is a relative of the same organism that caused the potato famine in Ireland) http://cemarin.ucdavis.edu/index2.html is a web sit dedicated to all the up-to-date information. One community resident, Linda Richard (415/453-0765) treated her oak trees with Tee Tree Oil by directly injecting the oil into the weeping points. (These represent entry points for the Oak Bark Beetle. The beetle comes only to diseased trees.) To spray the tree with toxic chemicals does nothing but poison the entire area. The tree canopy should never be sprayed. Linda is willing to talk to anyone who might have other ideas. For more information you can also contact Ralph Zingaro, PCA of Bioscape at www.bioscape.com . He has great information on how to make your tree healthy in place of poisoning it and the surrounding soil.
Today the federal government and the CDFA are engaged in an effort to eradicate the Light Brown Apple Moth. In that effort they have threatened and have sprayed populations with untested chemicals that when used have caused health and environmental problems. Read about the history of this effort and how citizens have pushed back.
In January 2009 Pesticide Free Zone incorporated as a separate orgnization after ten years as a project under Health and Habitat. We have a Board of Directors and a director. We are in the process of applying to the federal government for our 501 C 3, tax exempt status.
We invite all concerned citizens to call us at 415/459-1391 or toll free at 888/590-3993.
|For personal actions you can take right now regarding your exposure to toxic chemicals, a form of toxic tress pass, send the following letter to your representatives.|
For any organization to join with us they must sign the following endorsement statement:
Marin County there are schools, municipalities and special districts currently
using toxic pesticides. Pesticides
pose recognizable risks to human health and the environment.
Pesticide exposures cause special health and learning problems for
children. We call upon public
institutions to make the following changes to their pest management
|*||Immediately ban the use of
the most dangerous pesticides, (EPA Toxicity Class I and II) and those
suspected of causing cancer, endocrine disruption and reproductive harm.
|*||Require on-site, public
pre- and post notification of all pesticide applications.
Adopt a written Integrated Pest Management Policy (IPM) emphasizing non-toxic means of pest and weed control.
a Pest Management Committee comprised of appropriate concerned parties to oversee
within a reasonable time frame, the use of all pesticides except those least
toxic, which are authorized for use by the Pest Management
To join download and mail in the form
Beyond Pesticides is community based organization under the 501C3 umbrella of
Health & Habitat.
We depend upon support from people like you who are believers in a toxic free world. Donations are tax deductible and can be mailed to:
Free Zone Campaign
P.O. Box 824
Kentfield, CA 94941-0824
We appreciate the support of the Flow Fund, The Jennifer Altman Foundation, The Earth Day Every Day Fund/ Marin Community Foundation and the Collenette Family.