by Olivia Toomey
I support HB399 because I believe in the evidence stating that
pesticides are harmful for children. Children should not be exposed to the
chemicals in these pesticides at schools, sports fields, playgrounds, etc. at
such a young age. And while they are at a crucial point in development, they
are more at risk for developmental issues caused by pesticide exposure. I
also think they are more at risk because children are not as careful about
how they play. They commonly play outside and do not come inside and
think “I should wash my hands”, so these pesticides can easily affect them.
It is also important how this bill requires all other organic methods to be
considered first, if pesticide use is proposed in the first place. Pesticides
have one purpose; to kill, so it makes sense that they would not be healthy
to be around. And these pesticides do not stay in one place, they could
negatively affect the environment around where they are being sprayed.
These chemicals could become airborne or seep into waterways where they
can be spread very quickly and easily. Contaminated air and water is not
something that anybody wants. This could also negatively affect nearby
farm crops and cause a flourishing harvest to perish. I do not believe
spraying pesticides are worth these risks at all. Keene State College has
been pesticide free for years now, and there have been no problems
associated with this. Why should we sacrifice our potential health and
environment to spray chemicals that get rid of some insects or other
organisms? I believe it is much safer to let it be, and not disrupt nature’s
processes with foreign chemicals.
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