In these difficult times, it is an easy excuse to say, “It’s out of my hands,” and continue with life as usual.

Except that isn’t true. All the changes we need to bring about to some extent are in our hands. Here is an easy one staring us in the face: Don’t use chemicals on your lawns, gardens, driveways or sidewalks, and none with 2,4-D or products containing glysophate.

They are particularly harmful to children whose bodies and neurological systems are forming.

Stay off the grass signs are meaningless because the grass stays toxic for a much longer period than generally understood.

There are 11,000 lawsuits pending about products that contain glysophate. By the way, glysophate has migrated into many breakfast cereals and was found in nearly every sample conducted by the Environmental Working Group.

So, whose job is it to change this? Yours! Don’t buy it. Period.

Cities in New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, Minnesota (Minneapolis and a pilot program is listed to be pesticide free in Rochester), New Hampshire, New Mexico, and many others have placed restrictions on glysophate.

Many countries around the world also have put restrictions in place. They have good reason to do so. A recent study by The International Agency on Research on Cancer declared glysophate as a probable carcinogenic to humans.

Whose job is it to keep us safe? Ours.

Flo Sandok, Rochester

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