Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Are Turf Fields Toxic?
They smell awful, like plastic and rubber. Our whole family carries the smell for maybe an hour after being at the field.
So here's my concern - is this safe? What are these fields made of and are they toxic? Do I really want my growing children on them for 6+ hours a week?
Based on a quick google search, I'm guessing I don't. Clifford Law's Personal Injury blog has concerns. In 2007, The New York Times published an article suggesting "worrisome levels of zinc and lead." Environmental Health News has a 2008 abstract for a study citing levels of toxic chemicals found in every test done and calling for evaluation of health risk to both adults and children.
Toxicity aside, over the years I've seem more than a few articles calling out the benefits of nature for a child's physical and emotional development, even some suggesting enhanced brain development. There's no way playing on an artificial field is going to yield any of this goodness.
What do you know? Any good resources to share on this topic? What on earth am I going to do about this quandary when the city is so gung-ho about them?