Synthetic turf fields, forever chemicals and the safer alternative: Organic grass

Beyond Pesticides, a nonprofit organization which works with allies in protecting public health and the environment to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides, assesses that organically maintained, natural grass is a safe alternative to synthetic turf fields. Valley News/ photo
CALIFORNIA – A preliminary experiment conducted by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility reveals concerning levels of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances on the skin of soccer players and coaches after playing on artificial turf fields. The Washington Post reported Tuesday, March 12, on the PEER test results, which found PFAS levels increased on the skin in three out of four participants following soccer matches on artificial turf. In contrast, no similar increase was observed after games on natural grass fields. The presence of PFAS is alarming due to their association with several serious health issues, including cancer, birth defects and developmental and immune deficiencies, among others.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that PFAS exposure risks are
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