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Groups Supporting Work to Stop Further Weakening of Longstanding Oakland Pesticide Ordinance

Beyond Pesticides

"The proposed pesticides have been linked with such human health effects as non-Hodgkins lymphoma, endocrine disruption and reproductive effects.

"Help keep Oakland's pesticide ban from weakening..."

Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATS)

Oakland has several invasive plants to control and each has a particular set of problems and vulnerabilities. To think that using herbicides alone will solve the problem indicates that decisions are being made too hastily and solutions not well thought out. Instead,the City would benefit from a rigorous investigation of alternatives which, in the long run, will save money and provide superior invasive plant control.

We call on the City to quickly set up a technical options committee that includes interested members of the public to investigate approaches to the problem and make recommendations to the City Council.

Canaries Foundation

It's illegal (against federal law) to say pesticides are safe when used properly. So many are at risk, sick people are not protected at all and it is not mentioned on the label.
Get the chemical company promise in writing that no one will be harmed with the proper use of their product. Ask for all the studies that test the full product including the often more toxic secret inert ingredients that prove this product is safe for those with environmental health disabilities.

Cancer Prevention Coalition

We reviewed the Oakland Ordinance. Pesticides applied to tree stumps will still leech into the soil and increase cancer risks for residents and visitors, for children, for adults; and therefore, we must oppose this ordinance.

Cancer is an epidemic and we must take all appropriate steps to to stop unnecessarily using cancer causing ingredients. Cancer clusters evolve from seemingly innocuous products, bug killers, ant killers, hair shampoo, face creams, toothpaste, cosmetics.

There is no quick fix. There is no safe use of pesticides. Read the toxicological profiles.

Environmental Health Network

As ... the public member of Alameda County's IPM (Integrated Pest Management) committee and the president of the Environmental Health Network, I plead with you to rise to the challenge of controlling weeds and other "pests" with the least toxic means available. Herbicides are not the least toxic means available . . . regardless of advertising hype. We ALL are stakeholders when it comes to breathing

Barb Wilkie, President, Enviromental Health Network

Marin Beyond Pesticides Coalition

Pesticide Free Zone Campaign...
Working to change the way people view pesticides by utilizing our Ladybug signs to identify safe places and giving people a nice way to let their neighbor know how they feel.

Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides


Weed management, in order to be successful in the long-term, needs to focus on creating a stable community of desirable plants.

A focus on simply killing unwanted vegetation encourages repeated and increasingly costly herbicide use.

The exemptions being considered are focused on killing the target species instead of restoring a desirable plant community