Election Issues

Non-essential use of pesticides

Provincial Position: The Canadian Cancer Society is urging the government to phase out the sale and use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes, educate the public about alternatives to lawn and garden pesticides, and support community right to know legislation so citizens can make informed decisions on both products they purchase and the chemicals they may be exposed to.

There is serious concern about the use of non-essential or cosmetic pesticides on private and public spaces. Non-essential pesticide use is the use of any herbicide, insecticide, fungicide, rodenticide or fumigant for purposes other than for health.

Research linking pesticides to serious health issues is significant and growing. Leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, breast, brain, prostate, lung, pancreatic, stomach, kidney and other forms of cancer have all been linked to pesticides. Learning disorders, reproductive issues and acute health effects are also associated to pesticides. By eliminating the non-essential use of pesticides, exposure to these harmful chemicals will drastically decrease, contributing to better overall public and environmental health.

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FIGHTING BACK

AMBER BURTON IS FIGHTING BACK
Amber Burton has always been concerned with the use of cosmetic pesticides within an urban setting. In the summer of 2010, she worked with the Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES), in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society, on their Pesticide Reduction Program.

Pesticides have been linked to many types of cancer. Children and pets are at much greater risk to these chemicals because they spend more time in green spaces within our cities. Read more about why Amber has joined the fight...

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