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Going to Del Norte County School Board Meeting to stop Spraying of Roundup. Know any good studies?  RSS feed

 
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I appreciate all the knowledge shared on permies and was hoping for some help sorting through the misinformation and propaganda online about Roundup and Glyphosate to present to my local school board next week.

Just this Monday (6/18/18), I came to Del Norte High School for a Youth Training Academy (YTA) orientation for which I am leading a Food Forest Pathway. When I asked the district maintenance crew what they were spraying all over the school grounds and parking lot, they told me it was Roundup and kept spraying despite my protest at doing so with kids and staff present, or at all. The College of the Redwoods Food Forest we are working on is an adjacent and downstream 1.25-acre site. I have been unknowingly exposed as I have worked on the site for the past year along with the youth I lead in the project. No postings/warnings were visible around the school and no staff were aware it was happening right where we were having orientation activities, shortly after spraying occurred. I went to the district maintenance supervisor the next day and he said they had posted notices and blamed kids for likely "taking them like they always do". Which I said was all the more reason why poison should not be sprayed at all. He said if I can present his bosses with compelling law, evidence and or alternatives he would be happy to do something less toxic as he doesn't like Monsanto-Bayer either.

This Thursday 6/28 is the next school board meeting and I am going along with everyone I can bring, including students, staff and other constituents. I know the Monsanto School of Agriculture and other tentacles of this corporate parasite have put out enough misinformation and propaganda to make the tobacco companies look honest, so I was hoping for a little help getting to some sound facts to present on the danger of glyphosate and roundup, and possibly some help quickly countering their propaganda in the short time I will be allotted to speak to the board. I am also encouraging students in parallel groups in the YTA like the Media, Organizing, and Youth Innovation Studio (creative entrepreneurship and activism) to help take on this problem and find positive solutions that may go well beyond the one school campus to the district and county. Thanks for any advice you all have. If you ever near the Redwoods near the CA-OR border, I'd love to show you around and talk forests and permaculture.

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Ben Zumeta
 
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Thanks to Dr. Redhawk for the link to the NIH website.  This information, along with some basic rational points made to the school board and district maintenance about how inappropriate the use of roundup is around schools, got us a big win! After meeting with the facilities and maintenance supervisor yesterday and leaving dejected after being told they planned to spray again next week, I got a call from the lead guy and was told they are suspending spraying until at least next summer as they do more research and consider alternatives.  By then we hope to have provided plenty of better options. Let’s do this across the country! It can be done if we get to the decision makers with sound information, rational arguments and better alternatives.
 
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I also think it helped I emphasized the effects of estrogenic chemicals have on male reproductive health to the three guys I met with who are in charge of the spraying and that they people doing the spraying and mixing are at the highest risk.
 
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That's great news Ben.  Good work!
 
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Good work, Ben! Whatever we can do to starve the beast, that's what we have to do.

-CK
 
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