No more Roundup? Parents want synthetic herbicides, pesticides out of Irvine

IRVINE – For Laurie Thompson, it was finding out about families in the neighborhood whose children, like her daughter, were struck with a rare cancer.

For Ayn Craciun, it was experiencing a series of inexplicable miscarriages.

For Kathleen Hallal, it was dealing with her children’s autoimmune issues.

The three women and other Irvine parents concerned about the possible effects of pesticides on children’s health last year formed Non Toxic Irvine, an advocacy group pushing to end the use of synthetic chemicals to manage weeds and pests citywide.

On Tuesday, they will ask the Irvine City Council to ditch synthetic chemicals in favor of organic pesticides for the city’s 570-odd acres of parks and fields, 800-plus acres of public right-of-way, 70,000 trees and nearly 1.5 million square feet of facilities.

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