Making Contact

Making Contact – Pesticides on the Playground

Is your children’s schoolyard routinely sprayed with pesticides? How safe your children are might depend on where you live. Today we hear about how and why one pesticide has been banned for household use, but affects the health of farmworkers and their children. Children’s health is especially fragile–so why aren’t we protecting them?  

This program received funding from the Fund for Investigative Journalism.


Kim Harley, Center for Environmental Research in Children’s Health associate director; Isabel Arrollo, El Quinto Sol de America organizer; Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council senior scientist; Tracey Brieger, Californians for Pesticide Reform co-director; Marina Gomez, Brian Jimenez-Gomez, CHAMACOS research participants; Margaret Reeves, Pesticide Action Network senior scientist; Valerie Bengal, family physician and UC San Francisco clinical professor; Brett Knupfer, Ohlone Elementary School principal; Marcy Mock, Ohlone special education teacher; Casimira Salazar, Ohlone migrant education teacher; Cynthia Fernandez, Ohlone 2nd grade teacher; Brett McFadden, Pajaro Valley Unified School District chief business officer; Mary Ellen Kustin, Environmental Working Group policy analyst.

For More information:

CHAMACOS (Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas) study 

 El Quinto Sol de America 

Californians for Pesticide Reform

Pesticide Action Network North America

National Resources Defense Council

Fund for Investigative Journalism

Resources and reports:

California pesticide use reporting

“Agricultural Pesticide Use Near Public Schools in California,” Apr. 2014, California Environmental Health Tracking Program

Ohlone School pesticide monitoring news, Sept. 2013

Integrated pest management of citrus, University of California, Riverside

Coalition letter to California Department of Pesticide Regulation, Jan. 2014

“Chlorpyrifos Preliminary Human Health Risk Assessment,” Jun. 2011, U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency

“Evidence on the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity of Chlorpyrifos,” Sept. 2008, California Environmental Protection Agency

Chlorpyrifos health effects, Apr. 2012, U.S. EPA’s Scientific Advisory Panel

Human oral toxicity study for chlorpyrifos, Kisicki et al 1999


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