Jul 18, 2022
On college campuses, synthetic herbicides are predominantly used only for aesthetics. These institutions are opting to use chemicals linked to human health issues rather than exploring organic options that are safer for the grounds crew members, students, faculty, and other community members. Using synthetic herbicides to eradicate weeds for aesthetic purposes is neglectful, prioritizing landscapes that require such inputs threatens the health of community members and our environment.
Enter Mackenzie Feldman! Mackenzie is the Founder and Executive Director of Herbicide-Free Campus. This organization works with students and groundskeepers around the country to advocate for an end to the spraying of synthetic herbicides at schools and a transition to organic land management. Her campaign resulted in the entire University of California system going glyphosate-free, and Mackenzie worked with a coalition to get herbicides banned from every public school in the state of Hawaii. Mackenzie is also a Food Research Fellow for Data For Progress and received the Brower Youth Award in 2019 for her work with Herbicide-Free Campus.
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