The Canadian Cancer Society BC & Yukon is advocating for provincial legislation that would ban the use and sale of cosmetic pesticides across BC (pesticides used to improve the appearance of non-agricultural landscaping such as lawns, gardens, parks, shrubs and sports fields).
To date, 40 municipalities have introduced local restrictions on the use of cosmetic pesticides on public and private lands. However, municipalities can only control the use of pesticides, not the sale, and many British Columbians are still unprotected because there are municipalities without restrictions in place.
Because cosmetic pesticides can pose a health risk to people, particularly children, we are asking the BC Government for new legislation that:
- Prohibits the use, sale and retail display of chemical cosmetic pesticides (used on lawns and gardens and non-agricultural landscaping).
- Allows exemptions only to protect public health.
- Has effective means for enforcement and provides for public education about the ban and alternatives to chemical pesticides.
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