You CAN have a voice in banning pesticides in SoCo that kill bees, harm small animals, are known as carcinogens by the EPA and World Health Organization (WHO). We’re calling for a one-year ban to seriously stop this and check it out.

Come to the Seed Bank, Wed. 3/11, 6om; your voice will be heard and you can join others working to make our county more truly resilient by protecting our pollinating insects – necessary to grow our crops! Small animals and children are likely harmed by glysophates – as well as being a likely cause of asthma, kidney disease!

Here’s what we received from Petaluma Grange Lecturer, Jaimey Walking Bear:

You are cordially invited to a March 9th Public Forum on Glyphosate: Health Impacts and Green Alternatives.

City Clerks, please ensure the Councilmembers and Mayors receive the invite. I’ve spoken to a few and they haven’t received it, nor are all of them receiving the petition comments that they should be receiving. Over 650 people have signed the Round Up moratorium petition from around the North Bay, so far.

Petaluma Grange #851 invites you to a free public forum on March 9, to discuss the ecological and community impacts of glyphosate use in Petaluma and Sonoma County — most commonly sold in the form of RoundUp. We will provide easy solutions to gardening and landscaping with less weeds.

Glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen, according to the World Health Organization. In September 2015, the California Environmental Protection Agency announced a notice of intent to list glyphosate to a list of carcinogens under the state’s Proposition 65 law.

The toxic weed killer, glyphosate contains a chemical that is linked to irreversible neurological and endocrine-disrupting effects, severe kidney damage, asthma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, birth defects and infertility, amongst other grave and life altering conditions. The widespread use of glyphosate is contaminating our water and our food, affecting both those that consume glyphosate-treated products and those that do not.

The Petaluma Grange has been working toward a proposed one-year moratorium of pesticides in public spaces and rights of way in Sonoma County. We think it’s time to remove it once and for all from our public spaces and waterways. Other cities including Richmond, Fairfax and Santa Cruz have instituted similar ordinances, with encouraging results.

Join us March 9 at the Petaluma Seed Bank for a public discussion about:
• Healthy, easy to implement Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies
• The ecological and public health impacts of glyphosate, including local water quality and use data from public records
• Update on the current status of the State of California’s efforts to include glyphosate as a Prop 65 substance
• Update about the moratorium being proposed to the City of Petaluma, and actions you can take for your city

THE PETITION SITE
https://www.change.org/p/sonoma-county-mayors-councilmembers-sonoma-county-board-of-supervisors-ban-glyphosate-the-carcinogenic-ingredient-in-monsanto-s-roundup?recruiter=8754366&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

Our panelists include:
Ella Teevan – Northern California Organizer, Food and Water Watch
Wendy Krupnick – Adjunct Professor, Sustainable Agriculture Program, Santa Rosa JC
Tiffany Renée – Former Petaluma Vice Mayor and current Petaluma Grange President

WHEN
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PST)

WHERE
Seed Bank – 199 Petaluma Boulevard North Petaluma, CA 94952

WHO
Petaluma Grange #851, Contact: Jaimey Walking Bear, Grange Lecturer, 707-694-5351

FREE!
Register at the link below to save your seat:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/glyphosate-health-impacts-and-green-alternatives-tickets-21890805990