There is a concern that pesticides negatively impact bees. (Photo submitted)

There is a concern that pesticides negatively impact bees. (Photo submitted)

Vernon pesticide ban urged

Group urges council to restrict the use of cosmetic or non-essential pesticides on private and public land

Demands are growing for the City of Vernon to tackle weeds naturally.

On Monday, the Sustainable Environment Network Society urged council to restrict the use of cosmetic or non-essential pesticides on private and public land.

“We’re talking about pro-active health and prevention of disease,” said Terry Dyck, a SENS member.

The group says there is a link between pesticides and many diseases, such as cancer, while the chemical applications can also contaminate soil and water.

“Bees, butterflies and birds are vulnerable to cosmetic pesticides,” said Keli Westgate, a SENS member.

Westgate added that over-use of pesticides can also negatively impact the agriculture sector.

“Dandelions are the first food bees go to in the spring.”

SENS says 40 B.C. communities have bans on cosmetic pesticides.

“We looked at this a few years ago and we came up with a staff report. So I would like that brought back (for review),” said Catherine Lord, a Vernon councillor.

“I would also like to know what pesticides we are using.”