Village of Lumby bans pesticides

There may be a few more dandelions popping up in Lumby.

The village has agreed to ban the use of pesticides for weed control in all the parks and public grounds it is responsible for.

“For the basic principle of cosmetics, we won’t use it in our own parks,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.

Although they may need to be used if there’s an ant hill, thistles or other harmful issue.

The White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission is being urged to adopt the same policy.

Lumby’s decision to ban pesticides follows concerns raised by a representative of the Canadian Cancer Society and members of the community recently regarding the negative health effects of pesticide use.

Acton says there is literature on both sides, but doesn’t see any harm in banning pesticides.

Lumby’s new policy falls in line with neighbouring public institutions such as the Vernon School District and the District of Coldstream, which have stopped using pesticides on their grounds and parks.


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