Monday, March 30, 2015

Home News Pesticide ban coming in Canada

Pesticide ban coming in Canada

Industry News

Manitoba appears set to prohibit cosmetic use of pesticides on lawns.

Canadian Press | September 27, 2012

WINNIPEG – Manitoba's conservation minister has all but confirmed there will be a ban on lawn pesticides to control dandelions and other weeds, although the extent of the prohibition is still being worked out.

"There are studies looking at the health and environmental impacts of cosmetic pesticide use, and the science appears to indicate that there is a risk," Gord Mackintosh said Monday.

"We also know that most Canadians do have different precautions across the country in place and ... the obvious question is shouldn't Manitoba children have the same benefits that most other Canadian children do enjoy?"

The NDP government released a discussion paper last spring which pointed out that all other provinces except Saskatchewan and British Columbia have restrictions on lawn chemicals to control weeds. The government has invited public comment until next month and is expected to make a decision sometime next year.

An industry lobby group says lawn chemicals are approved and regulated by the federal government.

"Pesticides receive a greater breadth of scrutiny than any other regulated products and only those products that meet Health Canada's strict health and safety standards are registered for sale and use," reads a response to the proposed Manitoba ban posted earlier this year by CropLife on its website.

For the rest of the story, click here.

 

Top news

John Deere updates 3E Series

3032E and 3038E are the newest additions to the compact utility tractor line.

EPA registers new pesticide

Oxalic acid will target varroa mites, which are a threat to honeybee colonies.

Power walkers

Zero-turn and stand-on mowers get all the attention, but walk-behinds can show your clients you are paying especially close attention to their properties.

Worth the money

Charging for design work has its benefits.

Easy SEO

Try these seven search engine optimization quick-fixes for your lawn care and landscaping website.

x