Pesticides are associated with lung, breast, brain, prostate, stomach, kidney, and pancreatic cancers along with Hodgkin's lymphoma and leukemia. Pesticides threaten reproductive health, contribute to underweight babies and birth defects.
The Pesticide Commmittee has worked successfully to have the District of Sechelt (DOS) pass a Bylaw to Ban the Cosmetic Use of Pesticides in February 2008. We needed this bylaw to help protect people, animals, and the environment from the harmful effects of pesticides.
With passage of the bylaw, the DOS allocated $8,000 over the next two years for an educational campaign to help people get their lawns and gardens off pesticides. They have provided convenient, free drop off sites for the pesticides. They have sponsored free workshops to help people use non-toxic products and plant so they don't need pesticides at all. They have also printed a brochure for residents that give good tips on alternatives to the toxins. Education, not enforcement, is the approach. While the DOS is doing its part to educate the residents, it's really up to all of us to eliminate pesticides and to get the word out to friends and neighbors. Most people want to stop using pesticides once they learn of the dangers, but often they don't know how to garden without pesticides.
There are alternatives. Personnel at most of the nurseries and garden supply stores on the Sunshine Coast have alternative products and can give suggestions. Just ask for and insist upon the non-toxic alternatives. This website provides links to other websites that provide copious materials. They could answer any question you have.
This bylaw will be reviewed in two years to see if it's effective and if there's community support. It's worth the effort for all of us to be part of the education campaign as individuals and as an organization."
From our blog
- 10 Easy Steps for Clean Air Day
- Clean Air Day Success!
- Sign the petition to ban cosmetic pesticides in British Columbia
- Gardening Expert Ed Lawrence Applauds Ontario Government’s Cosmetic Pesticide Ban
- Banning of weed and feed pesticides in Alberta
- Creating Gardens and Lawns for a Pesticide Free Future
- Upcoming events regarding the new herbicide/pesticide bylaw
- District of Sechelt Council adopted the Bylaw to Ban the Cosmetic Use of Pesticides
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- Pesticides benched at Doubleday Field
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 05:31:21 -0800 What began last year as an effort to reduce reliance on the application of synthetic pesticides at historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown succeeded this year in eliminating use of the toxic herbicides and pesticides altogether, village Mayor Jeff Katz said Sunday.
- Group seeks cosmetic pesticide ban in Stratford
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 19:22:47 -0800 A citizens group landed at Stratford town council meeting Wednesday, asking it to become the first in the province to issue a municipal ban on cosmetic pesticides. Maureen Kerr, on behalf of Pesticide Free PEI, read a letter to council from resident Keslie MacEachern. "It baffles my mind that ...
- Group seeks cosmetic pesticie ban in Stratford
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:22:53 -0800 A citizens group landed at Stratford town council meeting Wednesday, asking it to become the first in the province to issue a municipal ban on cosmetic pesticides. Maureen Kerr read a letter to council from resident Keslie MacEachern. "It baffles my mind that even with so many other provinces ...