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Lawns Abound with Youth Soccer/TruGreen ChemLawn Partnership
US Youth Soccer registers more than 3.2 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, in 55 member state organizations. Unfortunately, this age group is particularly susceptible to poisoning from the toxic herbicides and chemicals that TruGreen ChemLawn regularly uses. Children face unique hazards from pesticide exposure. They take in more pesticides relative to their body weight than adults. Their developing organ systems often make them more sensitive to toxic exposure. Using hazardous chemicals on athletic fields is especially alarming since bodies of children and youths are often in direct contact with the grass. Although Don Karnes, president of TruGreen companies, states he is proud to support the community by treating lawns "where our employees work and play," alternative methods to create a green, healthy lawn would be much safer for the soccer players. Using integrated pest management (IPM) encourages grass growth with detection and monitoring, use of appropriate grass species and reduction of soil compaction among other techniques. In turn, IPM bypasses the need for chemicals by creating a healthy lawn that deters pests. The Bio-Integral Resource Center (BIRC) has done extensive research on the subject. Their findings are available in the article "IPM for School Lawns" by Sheila Daar and Tanya Drlik.
To contact US Youth Soccer with comments on the newfound partnership with TruGreen ChemLawn, call Chris Branscome at 1-800-476-2237. For more information regarding least-toxic lawn care, including athletic fields, please contact Beyond Pesticides.