Their biggest MISSION yet.
Stonyfield recently announced their latest initiative to make the world a better place: they’re partnering with communities across America to make all playing fields organic by stopping the use of harmful pesticides. Their goal is to help communities take the necessary steps to convert to organic field maintenance, and will also empower families everywhere by providing tools and resources to make change locally and in their own backyards.
Stonyfield believes that parents shouldn’t have to worry about their kids being exposed to pesticides when they’re rolling in the grass, running on the soccer field, or playing on the baseball diamond. Everyone should be able to enjoy a picnic in the park or walk the dog without exposure to toxic chemicals.
Through the project, Stonyfield’s deep experience in organic farming can now benefit communities locally, one field at a time.
In a recent survey*, the majority of American parents (69%) say they’re looking to lessen exposure to pesticides in food, and nearly the same number of parents (67%) do not consider sports fields, playgrounds, and parks to be of concern. Yet most of the playing fields and parks that kids play on are treated with a chemical cocktail of herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. Many of the commonly-used chemicals are either proven or likely endocrine disruptors, which can interfere with the development of children’s immune, reproductive, and metabolic systems.
Today, 68% of US parents are more likely to buy a product labelled organic, their primary reason being to avoid pesticides, but food is just one part of the preventative health equation–and Stonyfield wants to help families and communities avoid toxic chemicals in their food and beyond.
So what can you do to help? Good question! You can do SO MUCH. Find out your community’s pesticide use policy on public fields and grounds by contacting your local officials. You may be surprised what you find out. You can also search your community online to see if there are any groups formed to help take on the initiative to make the change. These groups are commonly found on Facebook or even through your local PTO. You can also transition your own yard or garden to organic maintenance with these helpful tips (PS it’s super easy)!
FreshDirect and Stonyfield believe that we can do this together–welcome to the movement!
Keep reading more at stonyfield.com/playfree
- Glyphosate is deemed a potential carcinogen according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a subdivision of the World Health Organization
- Pochettino AA, Bongiovanni B, Duffard RO, Evangelista de Duffard AM. 2011 Mar 3.
* Stonyfield and Lindberg International surveyed 1,000 adults age 18 and older, comprised of 500 parents with children living at home, in January 2018.