Portland neighbors pledge to stop using pesticides

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Leaders in the North Portland Overlook neighborhood have more than 400 residents signed up to make at pledge to stop using pesticides.

They are working to become the city's first pesticide-free neighborhood.

The project started two summers ago.

Overlook resident Mulysa Melco came up with the idea. She does not use any chemicals in her yard, and concerned about her then toddler's health, she hoped that her neighbors would do the same.

"The name of the project is pesticide free but what we are really asking people to do is to be thoughtful and get informed and choose the least toxic solution to their problem," Melco said.

According to the Oregon Environmental Council long term exposure to even small amounts of pesticides can increase your risk of cancer and asthma.


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