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EPA Condemned Pesticides Still On Store Shelves

Thought you all might be interested in this, from the CEHN list.

-----Original Message-----
From: 	Eric Uram [mailto:eric.uram@sierraclub.org] 
Sent:	Friday, March 09, 2001 1:03 PM
To:	Children's Environmental Health Network
Subject:	[CEHNList] EPA Condemned Pesticides Still On Store Shelves

Actress Jane Seymour Leads Campaign This Spring To
Protect Children From Potentially Dangerous

March 8, 2001

NewsCom, PressLink and on Business Wire's Web site
at www.businesswire.com
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 7, 2001--Actress Jane Seymour announced
today that she is spearheading a national campaign to alert parents to the
potential health risks children face from exposure to potentially dangerous
The campaign - Care for Kids - includes as partners a leading family
organization and experts in the field of pesticide management. The program
will teach millions of parents about the steps they can take to protect
their children from potentially dangerous pesticides. Materials will be
distributed through the YWCA of the City of New York and its national
childcare network.
"I've been involved with children's issues for years," said Seymour, mother
of six, including five-year-old twin boys, "I am alarmed that millions and
millions of gallons of pesticides are sold and used every spring in homes,
schools and childcare centers, putting our children at risk.  Today we are
saying to parents, 'not this spring,' do something different. And we are
providing tools to help them."
Why Pesticides Now?
According to a recent study, nine out of 10 consumers say safety is their
biggest concern when buying pesticides. However, nearly half say they have
not investigated the health and safety of the pesticides they use and
believe they do not have enough information to feel comfortable making
decisions about them (Convergys Survey, Sept.  2000, 400 interviews).
Pesticides made headlines across the nation this past year with the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) condemning and phasing out two popular
pesticides for home and garden use due to the potential health risks they
pose, but allowing their sale through this spring and summer season.  These
pesticides are known as organophospates, which include Chlorpyrifos and
Chlorpyrifos can be sold until the end of 2001, Diazinon until 2004. At
least 50 other pesticides are currently under review by the EPA and other
announcements may follow.
Reaching Families Across America
"As parents, we want to do everything we can to protect our kids, but there
is an incredible void of simple information to guide parents to better
choices," Seymour said.
The national campaign will reach millions of families this spring through an
easy-to-understand brochure and Web site. The brochures will be distributed
in New York City and across the country through the YWCA-NYC.
"Our goal is to put valuable information in parents' hands where they make
daily decisions about their child's care," said Rae Linefsky, CEO/executive
director of the YWCA-NYC. "We know first-hand the power of information and
the positive impact it can have on families." The YWCA Child Care Network
serves 2.5 million children.
Care for Kids Action
Care for Kids is asking parents to follow the 3E's of Pesticide
Safety-Educate, Evaluate and Eliminate. The steps are:
* Educate yourself about potential pesticide threats to

* Evaluate your home, school or child care
* Eliminate dangerous pesticides from your
child's environment
and replace them with safer alternatives as

The Care for Kids brochure will offer easy checklists for parents to follow
in their home, school or childcare center. Further, it will direct parents
to www.careforkidsnow.com, a Web site that will enable them to learn more
about up-to-date information on health, research, ingredients and products.
Who Cares for Kids
Care for Kids is a partnership of organizations and individuals associated
with children and pesticide management including:
* YWCA - New York City operates childcare centers throughout the

city, serving over 1,200 children, and is part of
a national
network of childcare centers that reaches 2.5
children. Since 1870, the YWCA-NYC has been a
pioneer for
political and social change for new and innovative
programs to
improve the lives of women and men, girls and
boys, families
and communities.
* Bill Currie has had hands-on experience with all aspects of

urban pest management during his 22 years as a
charter member
and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) specialist
with the
Environmental Protection Agency. Since leaving
EPA, Bill
founded the International Pest Management
Institute (IPMI),
which provides technology exchange for urban IPM
including private consulting and training
workshops on IPM for

school sites, nursing homes, hospitals and food
handling and commodity storage.
* Dr. Faith Oi works closely with Dr. Phil
Koehler in the Urban
Entomology Program of the Entomology and
Nematology Dept. at
University of Florida. Dr. Oi previously held
positions at the

USDA and Auburn University, where she developed an
program in urban pest management in cooperation
with the
Alabama pest control industry and Alabama
Extension System. Dr. Oi received her Ph.D. from
University of Florida's Entomology and Nematology Department.
* Bioganic Safety Brands, Inc., a manufacturer of pesticides

made with select plant oils for use in the home,
lawn and
garden. Bioganic discovered a new all natural
ingredient that has the killing power of

synthetic insecticides with all the benefits of
the natural

botanical insecticides, including no pesticide residue.
Care for Kids and its education campaign is funded by donations from
Bioganic Safety Brands, Inc.
Note: A Photo is available at URL:

CONTACT: Northlich for Care for Kids | Jennifer
McGuire | 706/374-7716 - office | 706/633-8267 -
cell | jmcguire@northlich.com | or | Allison
Grever | 513/287-1828 - office | 513/312-0185 -
cell | agrever@northlich.com

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