Oakland continues its struggle with appropriate pesticide use
Published on Thursday, May 09, 2013
2013 Pesticide Notice – Photo by Trevor Brown
The city of Oakland has won numerous awards for its environmental policies.
However, when it comes to sustainable landscaping, being green requires money and in this economic climate, Oakland doesn’t have much to work with. This conundrum recently became apparent when a North Oakland resident complained about the use of herbicides in a local greenway.
“After three years of telling us that we are on our own along the 51st Street greenbelt, the city of Oakland intends to dump Monsanto Ranger Pro on the greenbelt between Broadway and Telegraph” read the email.
“The last time this was done in 2008 it was a scorched earth policy. They simply killed all plant live below six,” it continued.