PROTECT
OUR
KIDS

REGENERATE
OJAI

OVER 5 MILLION LBS OF PESTICIDES ARE USED PER YEAR IN VENTURA COUNTY.
THAT'S THE HIGHEST PER ACRE AND PER CAPITA IN THE ENTIRE STATE.
WE HAVE THE MOST KIDS EXPOSED TO THE WORST CHEMICALS OF ANY COUNTY IN CALIFORNIA.

OUR PARTNERS EWG HAVE GATHERED THE DATA.

FIND OUT WHAT CHEMICALS YOU

HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO HERE:

The residents of Ojai have been asking for notification prior to the application of pesticides. Governor Newsom heard our concerns and "strongly encourages" growers to notify residents prior to spraying these neurotoxins. Sign below to join this movement to protect ourselves and our children, and to be a part of this transition to a healthy future. 

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I WANT TO TEST MY CHILD FOR PESTICIDES
There is funding available to test a limited number of children.

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5 LBS/PERSON

OF PESTICIDES ARE USED IN OJAI EACH YEAR.

There is funding available to test a limited number of children

for these chemicals once school resumes in the fall.

 

THE HIGHLIGTED AREAS​ ARE USING TOXIC
SYNTHETIC PESTICIDES + HERBICIDES

The Ojai Valley is in a heavy spraying cycle to combat the Asian Citrus Psyllid disease. This is in addition to the regular conventional spraying of toxic synthetic chemicals.

Properties with a yellow border are orchards that are and will be using these toxic chemicals ongoingly. 

*Data is provided by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, some data is reported to be inaccurate.

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ACCORDING TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP, PEOPLE ARE BEING EXPOSED TO PESTICIDES IN VENTURA COUNTY AT LEVELS THAT ARE A HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION

HERE IS THE SCIENCE:

 

Peer-reviewed studies on Ventura:

Temkin AM, Uche UI, Evans S, Anderson KM, Perrone-Gray S, Campbell C, Naidenko OV. Racial and social disparities in Ventura County, California related to agricultural pesticide applications and toxicity. Sci Total Environ. 2022 Sep 3;853:158399

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969722054985

 

EWG press release about the study, with quotes from advocates, talking about the injustices of pesticide exposure, and the importance of notifying the communities in advance

https://www.ewg.org/news-insights/news-release/2022/09/study-communities-color-greatest-risk-pesticide-exposure-ventura

 

In the paper, the Introduction secton lists a long list of studies, with the links to their references. Copying the paragraph here:

“Pesticide exposures on the job, residential proximity to pesticide applications, and elevated body burden of pesticides as detected by biomonitoring have been associated with harm to the nervous system in both adults and children, an elevated risk of Parkinson's disease (Caballero et al., 2018; Costello et al., 2009), traits of autism spectrum disorder (von Ehrenstein et al., 2019; Sagiv et al., 2018), a decline in cognitive function (Gunier et al., 2017; Rowe et al., 2016), and changes in behavior (Hyland et al., 2021). Pesticide exposures have been also linked to adverse impacts on fetal development during pregnancy (Larsen et al., 2017), a greater risk of preterm birth (Winchester et al., 2016), low birth weight (Gemmill et al., 2013), neural tube defects and hypospadias (Rappazzo et al., 2019), respiratory outcomes such as asthma (Raanan et al., 2017), and impacts on the reproductive system (Requena-Mullor et al., 2021). Biomonitoring studies indicated that children living in agricultural areas have higher exposure to pesticides than the general population (Fenske et al., 2000; Lu et al., 2000). Further, pesticide exposure has been associated with an elevated risk of adult and child cancers including breast cancer (Harnly et al., 2005; Wofford et al., 2014; Gunier et al., 2011), leukemia (Lombardi et al., 2021), and central nervous system tumors (Park et al., 2020).

 

Air monitoring conducted in California showed that pesticides can drift up to several miles from their application site (Harnly et al., 2005; Wofford et al., 2014) and pesticides detected in house dust have been correlated with pesticide applications nearly one mile away (Gunier et al., 2011). Recent investigations identified an elevated risk of health harm within 2.5 miles from pesticide application (Lombardi et al., 2021; Park et al., 2020).”

 

References cited in these paragraphs (more references in the article itself)

M. Caballero, et al. Estimated residential exposure to agricultural chemicals and premature mortality by Parkinson's disease in Washington State

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 15 (12) (2018), 2885.

 

S. Costello, et al. Parkinson's disease and residential exposure to maneb and paraquat from agricultural applications in the central valley of California

Am. J. Epidemiol., 169 (8) (2009), 919-926.

 

R.A. Fenske, et al. Biologically based pesticide dose estimates for children in an agricultural community. Environ. Health Perspect., 108 (6) (2000), 515-520.

 

A. Gemmill, et al. Residential proximity to methyl bromide use and birth outcomes in an agricultural population in California. Environ. Health Perspect., 121 (6) (2013), 737-743.

 

R.B. Gunier, et al. Determinants of agricultural pesticide concentrations in carpet dust. Environ. Health Perspect., 119 (7) (2011), 970-976.

 

R.B. Gunier, et al. Prenatal residential proximity to agricultural pesticide use and IQ in 7-year-old children. Environ. Health Perspect., 125 (5) (2017), 057002.

 

M. Harnly, et al. Correlating agricultural use of organophosphates with outdoor air concentrations: a particular concern for children. Environ. Health Perspect., 113 (9) (2005), 1184-1189.

 

C. Hyland, et al. Associations between pesticide mixtures applied near home during pregnancy and early childhood with adolescent behavioral and emotional problems in the CHAMACOS study. Environ. Epidemiol., 5 (3) (2021), e150.

 

A.E. Larsen, S.D. Gaines, O. Deschenes. Agricultural pesticide use and adverse birth outcomes in the San Joaquin Valley of California. Nat. Commun., 8 (1) (2017), 302.

 

C. Lombardi, et al. Residential proximity to pesticide application as a risk factor for childhood central nervous system tumors. Environ. Res., 197 (2021), 111078.

 

C. Lu, et al. Pesticide exposure of children in an agricultural community: evidence of household proximity to farmland and take home exposure pathways. Environ. Res., 84 (3) (2000), 290-302.

 

A.S. Park, et al. Prenatal pesticide exposure and childhood leukemia - a California statewide case-control study. Int. J. Hyg. Environ. Health, 226 (2020), 113486.

 

R. Raanan, et al. Elemental sulfur use and associations with pediatric lung function and respiratory symptoms in an agricultural community (California, USA). Environ. Health Perspect., 125 (8) (2017), 087007.

 

K.M. Rappazzo, et al. Maternal residential exposure to specific agricultural pesticide active ingredients and birth defects in a 2003–2005 North Carolina birth cohort. Birth Defects Res., 111 (6) (2019), 312-323.

 

M. Requena-Mullor, et al. Evaluation of gonadal alterations in a population environmentally exposed to a mixture of endocrine active pesticides.

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 18 (5) (2021), 2355.

 

C. Rowe, et al. Residential proximity to organophosphate and carbamate pesticide use during pregnancy, poverty during childhood, and cognitive functioning in 10-year-old children. Environ. Res., 150 (2016), 128-137.

 

S.K. Sagiv, et al. Prenatal organophosphate pesticide exposure and traits related to autism spectrum disorders in a population living in proximity to agriculture. Environ. Health Perspect., 126 (4) (2018), 047012.

 

O.S. von Ehrenstein, et al. Prenatal and infant exposure to ambient pesticides and autism spectrum disorder in children: population based case-control study. BMJ, 364 (2019), l962.

 

P. Winchester, C. Proctor, J. Ying. County-level pesticide use and risk of shortened gestation and preterm birth. Acta Paediatr., 105 (3) (2016), e107-e115.

 

P. Wofford, et al. Community air monitoring for pesticides. Part 3: using health-based screening levels to evaluate results collected for a year. Environ. Monit. Assess., 186 (3) (2014), 1355-1370.

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Patty Pagaling has been working for almost two decades to transition Ojai away from these toxic chemicals. Support her non-profit and get involved.

WHAT CAN I DO?

(This is by no means complete - just a start).


1. Become a beekeeper and register with the county -

it’s currently the only way to get notified of spraying

near you. CLICK HERE

2. Get Involved in Nature Based Climate Solutions - Let's regenerate the Ojai Valley through healthy soil practices. Increasing Soil Organic Matter can increase water storage capacity and drawdown carbon. Through carbon fixing, composting, ruminants and supporting farmers to make this transition, we can regenerate Ojai.

www.rdojai.com 


3. Take photos and video without trespassing of any potential overspraying that you see, please use caution as these are toxic chemicals and you do not want to get close to them. Take a screenshot of your phone’s weather app at that time to get the wind speed and direction, and then notify us here:

 

 

 

 

 

 


4. If you see overspray or drift or irresponsible pesticide activity call Ventura County Ag commissioner and register a complaint - you can register anonymously (805) 388-4222.  


5. If you suspect that your home and/or children are breathing overspray or drift, stay inside, close windows and doors and turn on your home HVAC (make sure to install HEPA filters available at the hardware store). Ideally turn on air purifiers.


6. The Department of Pesticide Regulation "strongly encourages" County Agriculture Commissioners to set up a notification program to provide notice to nearby residents. Sign the petition above to join us to make this happen.


7. Work with us to get your kids tested, especially if they go to school on the east end. Sign up above.


8. Talk to your farmer neighbors and ask them to go organic at the very least. Ask them to personally notify you prior to applying these chemicals.

9. Talk to your schools and request that you be notified at least 72 hours in advance of any pesticides or herbicides sprayed nearby, and also what the chemicals are and how much was sprayed.

10. Eat local regenerative foods that were grown without toxic synthetic pesticides and herbicides. Support the organic farmers making this transition.

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REFERENCES:

Can Cover Crops Save Florida’s Citrus?

https://civileats.com/2020/01/22/can-cover-crops-save-floridas-citrus/

Saving Florida's Oranges Starts With Soil

https://nationswell.com/fighting-citrus-greening-florida-locus-ag/

Soil Health Matters! A Tale of 2 Florida Citrus Groves

https://www.growingproduce.com/citrus/soil-health-matters-a-tale-of-2-florida-citrus-groves/

Combatting Citrus Greening in Organic Systems

https://www.organic-center.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/HLB_FarmerGuide.pdf

We Need a Green New Deal for Farmland

https://www.ecowatch.com/green-new-deal-farmland-2645649043.html

“COSTLY GAME” | Ojai Locals Confront Pesticide Spraying In Town Hall Meeting

https://vcreporter.com/2019/10/costly-game-ojai-locals-confront-pesticide-spraying-in-town-hall-meeting/

Fields of Toxic Pesticides Surround the Schools of Ventura County—Are They Poisoning the Students?

https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/fields-toxic-pesticides-surround-schools-ventura-county-are-they-poisoning-students/

The "other" kind of drift

http://www.panna.org/blog/other-kind-drift

Agricultural Commissioner

https://www.ventura.org/agricultural-commissioner/public-data-requests/

Agricultural Pesticide Use
Near Public Schools in California

https://trackingcalifornia.org/cms/file/agricultural-pesticides-near-schools/report

UCLA pesticide study finds California, counties not doing enough to keep us safe

https://ufw.org/ventura-county-star-ca-ucla-pesticide-study-finds-california-counties-not-doing-enough-to-keep-us-safe/

Spraying For Hazardous Bug Not Mandatory

https://vcreporter.com/2019/12/spraying-for-hazardous-bug-not-mandatory/

Insect 'apocalypse' in U.S. driven by 50x increase in toxic pesticides

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/08/insect-apocalypse-under-way-toxic-pesticides-agriculture/

Neonicotinoid Pesticides Have Caused A Huge Surge in the Toxicity of U.S. Agriculture

https://therevelator.org/neonicotinoids-toxic-agriculture/

Pesticides Linked to Heart Disease 

https://www.consumerreports.org/pesticides-herbicides/common-pesticides-linked-to-heart-disease-risks-in-new-study/

Pyrethroid Exposure Increases Risk for Death

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/923256

Dozens of farm workers exposed to pesticides in South Valley. 3 sent to the hospital

https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article231701243.html

Fenpropathrin, a Widely Used Pesticide, Causes Dopaminergic Degeneration

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5333774/