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Pesticides kill non-target organisms in the soil and water. They stay in the environment for years. Toxicity from the interaction effects of different pesticides in the soil and water are insufficiently studied and unknown.

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

News on this topic from around North America

  • Pesticide use rising despite looming ban

    Tue, 05 Aug 2014 06:16:10 -0700 Despite a controversial new cosmetic-pesticide ban hanging in the air, Manitoba used more chemicals to kill weeds along rural roads, in parks and school grounds and on fairways than it did two years ago. Last summer, approximately 202,000 litres of concentrated pesticides were sprayed on
  • Sierra Club backs pesticide-free buffer zones

    Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:29:12 -0700 The national environmental group Sierra Club Canada has announced its support for pesticide-free buffer zones around key public areas on Prince Edward Island."This is a minimum standard for protection of public health," said Sierra Club P.E.I. volunteer and national board member Tony Reddin.
  • Bee fruitful and multiply

    Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:16:52 -0700 Alarmed by the decline in the number of bees and butterflies, a new group is calling on the city to make London a “pollinator sanctuary.” Norman De Bono reports on the idea that may seem silly on the surface but addresses a serious issue
  • Japanese beetles make return appearance

    Fri, 08 Aug 2014 02:44:54 -0700 The iridescent pestilence has returned for the summer — in droves.
  • Texas Crop Report

    Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:17:06 -0700 COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — The following reports were compiled by AgriLife Extension Service for the week of Aug. 19.
  • Texas Crop Weather

    Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:32:57 -0700 COLLEGE STATION – Except for a few isolated areas, the entire state received some rain in the last seven days, from barely a trace to as much as 2 inches in parts of the Panhandle and West Central Texas, according to the National Weather Service.
  • Texas crop, weather for Aug. 19, 2014

    Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:32:24 -0700 As dog days of summer drag on, drier conditions prevail Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Except for a few isolated areas, the entire state received some rain in the last seven days, from barely a trace to as much as 2 inches in parts of the Panhandle and West Central Texas, according […]