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Central Park's Pesticide Use.

Fungicide used on the Great Lawn May 26, 2010.

Herbicide used around the MET & Turtle Pond April 14, 2010.

glyphosate ... an article showing how Monsanto is dishonest about the toxicity of their herbicide 'Roundup'.


July 29, 2009

Imidacloprid, from Wikipedia.
Central Park continues to use these dangerous chemicals without regard to their secondary effects on the environment. It is remarkable that they havenít found a way of avoiding the posting of these signs. It must be known how passive minded the public is so it doesnít matter what they put on the sign, very few if any one at all will take action.

Imidacioprid controversy
Visit the Great Lawn this weekend and you see mothers with their children romping on the grass, sunbathers sprawled out on the poisoned grass all totally oblivious to the toxicity they are exposing themselves to.

May 29, 2008:
A poster I saw at the Great Lawn today;
If you were to begin reading the labels and MSDS on the pesticides and rodenticides your head can spin with all the jargon and deceptive terms. Common Sense must prevail at all times; They are POISON! Talon-G! Contrac! Final! Brodifacoum! Bromodiolone! They are all POISON! Remember Zyklon-B? Surprisingly no one at my office knew what Zyklon-B is. That poison must not have had such a traumatic impact after all. That infamous pesticide is still being manufactured today in the Czech Republic under the name 'Uragan D2'.

The latest fungicide applied to the Great Lawn on May 27, 2008.

May 29, 2008:
Acute Pesticide Poisoning Associated with Pyraclostrobin Fungicide --- Iowa, 2007

Pyraclostrobin is an agricultural pesticide product used to kill fungi (e.g., blights, mildews, molds, and rusts). Hazards to humans from pyraclostrobin exposure include eye injury and skin irritation (1). In July 2007, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) received reports of five events involving pyraclostrobin that sickened 33 persons, including 27 migrant workers who were exposed in a single incident during aerial application (i.e., crop dusting). This report describes those five events and provides recommendations for preventing additional illnesses associated with exposure to pyraclostrobin. full article from CDC website

The herbicide clopyralid is commonly sold under the brand names Transline, Stinger, and Confront. It is used to kill unwanted plants in lawn and turf, range, pasture, rights-of-way, sugarbeets, mint, and wheat. Clopyralid and the products containing it are irritating to eyes, some severely. The eye hazards of four clopyralid products include permanent impairment of vision or irreversible damage. In laboratory tests, clopyralid caused what a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reviewer called "substantial" reproductive problems. These include a reduction in the weight of fetuses carried by rabbits who ingested clopyralid, an increase in skeletal abnormalities in these fetuses at all doses tested, and an increase in the number of fetuses with hydrocephaly, accumulation of excess fluid around the brain. "Inert" ingredients in clopyralid products include cyclohexanone (produces tearing and burning of the eyes, vomiting, diarrhea, and dizziness), triethylamine (a severe eye irritant and cause of chemical pneumonia), and polyethoxylated tallow amines (cause eye burns, nausea, and are acutely toxic to fish). Clopyralid is "persistent" in soil, according to an EPA review, and field studies have measured persistence as long as 14 months. It has the chemical characteristics that make it a likely water contaminant; despite its relatively low level of use it has been found in 2 of the 20 river basins studied by the U.S. Geological Survey. Potatoes are extremely sensitive to clopyralid with damage occurring when plants are exposed to 0.07 percent of typical agricultural rates. When tubers from these damaged plants were grown in unsprayed fields, the new generation of plants also showed damage symptoms.

You can read all sorts of data on these chemicals--tests done will usually be done by the people trying to sell them. Look at who suffers for just the tests done on these chemicals--innocent animals. And who stands to suffer from misuse or even corrupted data--the same innocent animals. How can we use the term 'poison' and 'safe' in the same breath?

EANY Environmental Advocates of New York

Secret Hazards of Pesticides