Subject: PESTICIDE ACTION WEEK, MARCH 20 - 30, 2021



Pesticide Action Week occurs annually from March 20 - 30. As we mark the spring equinox, planning and starting up the growing season, the pesticide season also looms. The majority of Canadians are protected from pesticides on lawns and gardens, but in some places, especially the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, there is little to no protection from the use of cosmetic or non-essential pesticides.

Pesticide Action Week was started by Generations-futures, a France-based organization that has been working on the issues of chemical pesticides and their environmental and human health impacts for twenty years.

This year’s Generation-futures theme is food sovereignty, a theme that fits well with many areas in which Prevent Cancer Now is engaged - reductions in toxic environmental exposures, municipal/provincial cosmetic pesticide bylaws or legislation, least-toxic pesticide use, healthy eating, regenerative agriculture, climate change, etc.

Food sovereignty is defined on the Generations-futures website as, “a concept that represents the right to choose what we consume and how we produce it. It involves self-sufficiency and circular economy, the protection and conservation of resources, and giving value to food and those who produce it.”


Below are ten suggestions that you can start planning or do during Pesticide Action Week, March 20 - 30, 2021. Complete the survey here and let Prevent Cancer Now know what you are up to! Provide your email and one lucky person will receive the book, "CANCER 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic".

1.Sign the Prevent Cancer Now Pledge to maintain a healthy yard, garden or farm.

2. Whether you have a yard or a balcony, plant some herbs or vegetables or grow some fruit. You can always start small if you are new to this endeavour. 

3. Join or start an organic community garden in your neighbourhood. Getting together with local gardeners is a fantastic way to learn more about growing your own food.

4. Register for local organic gardening workshops, permaculture or regenerative agriculture courses.

5. Reserve a part or even your entire yard for plants that are native or indigenous to your area.  Once established native plants require less maintenance and water. A delectable food source is provided to insects and birds that have co-evolved with the plants over thousands of years.

6. Build an insect hotel in the front or back yard with your children.

7. Shop for local produce and buy organic if you can. Yes, organic is more expensive. Check out Consumer Reports Stop Eating Pesticides, and if your budget is limited try to stay away from the Environmental Working Group’s list of the Dirty Dozen and buy the Clean Fifteen .

8. When available and depending upon COVID-19 restrictions take advantage of local open farm days to find out more about organic farming or farms in transition in your region. 

9. Organize a carrot tasting event with your friends to see which carrot (organic versus non-organic, home-grown or store-bought) tastes better.

10. If your municipality is spraying roadsides with chemical pesticides (e.g., glyphosate, Clearview, 2,4-D, mecoprop, dicamba) or chlorpyrifos for mosquito control call your municipal and/or provincial representative.  These chemicals kill all flowering plants, and dandelions are one of the first food sources for emerging insects in the spring. Would you like to be denied your food after a long winter of hibernation?


When is green wood not GREEN?

When it is treated with arsenic. Chromated copper arsenate (CCA) wood has been banned for most uses, but it is still being sold, unlabelled, in some Canadian outlets. Don't buy it, never burn it! Tell the owners that CCA wood has no place around Canadians' homes, and consider lodging a complaint with Health Canada.

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We Can't Afford Cancer!

The Indirect Cost Burden of Cancer Care in Canada:  Most indirect cost studies of cancer in Canada have focused on the cost of lost work-related productivity in the labour market. This study highlights the need for a more comprehensive review of the health and economic costs of cancer to patients and caregivers.

The Occupational Burden of Cancer in the Workplace:  Economic analyses of cancer-causing exposures in the workplace reveals that prevention costs much less than treating cancer over a lifetime.

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