Cornucopia’s Take: A new law in California prohibits agricultural chemical spraying within a quarter mile of any school from 6AM to 6PM during school days, beginning in 2018. A local Farm Bureau spokesperson claims that there needs to be more consideration about where schools are placed moving forward. The pesticides of concern are not allowed for use in organic agriculture.
California bans use of some farming pesticides near schools on weekdays
Los Angeles Times
by Associated Press
California will restrict farmers’ use of certain pesticides near schools and day-care centers under a new rule announced this week that regulators said is among the toughest in the U.S.
Under the new rule, California farmers will be prohibited from spraying pesticides within a quarter of a mile of public K-12 schools and licensed day-care centers from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the school week, the state Department of Pesticide Regulation said in a statement.
The new regulations take effect Jan. 1 and apply to crop dusters flying over fields, air blasters spraying orchards and fumigants along with most dust and powder pesticides that could be blown onto school grounds by the wind.
“These rules will help to further protect the health of children, teachers and school staff from unintended pesticide exposure,” Brian Leahy, the department’s director, said in the statement. Read Full Article »