by Nazanine Parent, cancer survivor and Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon volunteer
1) No one should have to worry about children playing in the grass
Children are at greater risk from pesticide exposure than adults because they play closer to the ground and their bodies are still developing. Cosmetic pesticides can be inhaled, absorbed through the skin, or be swallowed when children place contaminated objects and their hands and in their mouths. Don’t forget about our pets too!
2) It’s a public health issue
There is a growing body of evidence linking pesticide exposure with certain types of cancer, including childhood leukemia and childhood brain cancer.
3) They’re not necessary
Cosmetic pesticides are used to make lawns, gardens and other green spaces look better. We call them ‘cosmetic’ because some think they improve the appearance of lawns and gardens. Regardless, they are not needed for health and safety. Safe and effective alternatives exist.
4) Pesticides don’t stop at the garden gate
Your family can be indirectly exposed even if you do not use cosmetic pesticides. If sprayed, cosmetic pesticides can drift through the environment and mix with the air, soil, or water. Pesticides may even collect on plants & objects we don’t intend to spray.
5) British Columbians support a ban
– 40 municipalities have cosmetic pesticide restrictions
– More than 70% of British Columbians support provincial legislation to restrict pesticide use
– 76% of British Columbians are aware of the link between pesticides & cancer
We’re asking all political parties to support banning the use, sale and retail display of cosmetic pesticides used on public and private lands – something only the provincial government has the power to do.
How can you help? Spread the word, share this blog post with your friends, email BC’s party leaders and find out what they’re doing to help ban the use and sale of cosmetic pesticides.