Making healthy babies and keeping them healthy, happy … and safe.

Safer lawns and gardens

Posted by NonToxic House on July 1, 2008









Don’t wait until your kids are rolling in the grass or digging in your tomato beds to rethink your lawn and garden strategy. In fact, research suggests that it’s something to consider before the little ones even come along.

A 2006 study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that exposure to home and gardening pesticides during pregnancy and early childhood were associated with an increased risk of childhood acute leukemia. You use the pesticides outside, then track them indoors where exposure can persist for long periods of time.  

Of course, there are also other health effects said to be associated with lawn and garden pesticides. Here’s a fact sheet on the dangers of common lawn pesticides from the National Coalition for Pesticide-Free Lawns, a DC-based advocacy group.

And here are some good action steps and resources to get you going:

[Photo by PelayoLacazette via Flickr]


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