by Dane Doormann
When discussing the use of pesticides, many would think they’re vital
for the growth of vegetation and of course, keeping pests from infecting and
destroying grasses, crops, and more. Although this may have truth, many
are unaware of the danger pesticides can cause to humans, especially
children. The HB399 bill was created to decrease the use of pesticides
where children play; for example, playgrounds, schools, parks, etc. This bill
was put into place due to the unnecessary volume of pesticide use in areas
where children are most susceptible. One can only imagine the risk children
face when exposed to chemicals that’s sheer purpose is to kill. Due to this, I
am in full support of the HB399 bill.
Pesticides are fairly new to the world of science, and their health risks
have not been fully analyzed. This alone should be a reason to decrease the
amount of pesticides used, especially when it comes to where children are
most vulnerable. Try for a moment, to remember being a child in a
playground or park; I am confident in saying most children roll around in
the grass and then what? They touch their faces and their mouths. That
means the pesticides used in these areas are being directly transferred into
children’s fragile bodies. I am no health expert, but I believe chemicals
whose purpose is to kill are not meant to enter children’s systems.
Although this bill has my full support, I do believe it is lacking in some
areas. For example, the HB399 bill allows pesticide use when it is
necessary. To what extent is necessary? And can any pesticide be used to
kill off a pest that has taken over a particular area? I believe this part of the
bill is vague and more information and thought needs to be acknowledged
in order to make this bill successful. If, for example, pesticides were needed
in a children’s play area, would these children be allowed back on the
property a day after the pesticide was placed, a week, two weeks? This is
crucial information that is essential for this bill to be advantageous. I would
advise that this lack of information be thought through and established into
the bill. With more concrete guidelines on the use of pesticides when
absolutely mandatory, this bill would further lend support to the safety of
children exposed to these dangerous chemicals.
Overall, I am in support of the need to reduce the use of chemicals
where children reside, but the HB399 bill needs some work. This is the way
towards a better future, and the future begins with our children. By
reducing pesticide use where children play, our society is taking a huge
step towards a better future. No child should be exposed to chemicals
whose outright purpose is to kill; this is a moral view that I truly believe in,
and I believe you should too. Take a look at
and specifically, the HB399 bill. It is extremely important that actions be
taken to ensure the children of our society are safe. If this were your child,
would you be in support of the HB399 bill?
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