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Provincial ban on pesticides not supported in the Peace region

The provincial government is being pressured to adopt a province-wide ban on the use of pesticides for municipal lawns and gardens, but is also hearing concerns from local farmers about the implications of that ban on controlling invasive plants in the Peace region.

Over thirty communities in British Columbia have adopted their own municipal bans on cosmetic pesticide use, a move that is being supported by the Canadian Cancer Society and several other health organizations. The Canadian Cancer Society cites that scientific research shows exposure to pesticides puts people at greater risk for cancer, reproductive problems, and neurological illness.

However, none of the communities in the Peace Region have signed on to support the ban. In fact, there has been push-back from the rural directors of the Peace River Regional District because of concerns over the spread of noxious weeds to farmlands near municipalities. Area C Director Arthur Hadland, who is also a farmer in the Baldonnel area, does not think a ban is necessary.

All the pesticides we use in British Columbia, and Canada, go though a very stringent review, and we probably have the safest herbicides and pesticides in the world,” said Hadland. “If we have a need to use these, and they are put on by a certified applicator, I don’t see where the issues are.”

He said he would be concerned about municipalities in the region being banned from using herbicides to control weeds because he said if left unchecked, those weeds can easily spread by water, vehicles or air to adjacent agricultural lands.

It would just exacerbate the problem,” said Hadland. “I know right now some municipalities are having problems with thistles and scentless chamomile. I think rural communities are really concerned about ensuring we have all options available to control noxious weeds.”

Hadland said he doesn’t believe pesticides can be attributed to broad healthcare problems in the province as much as lifestyle choices such as diet, a lack of exercise and smoking and consumption of alcohol. He said he and his family have used pesticides on his farm for decades and have not encountered any health problems.

The B.C. Grain Producers Association, representing grain growers in the Peace Region, has also raised concerns about the possibility of a ban on cosmetic pesticides and the implications for commercial use of those chemicals on farms.

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  1. WILLIAM H. GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G December 2, 2011 8:15 am

     

    NORAHG Responds About Threats to AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY by Cancer-Lunatics

     

    MEDIA RELEASE

     

     

    Canadian Cancer Society is planning to ANNIHILATE the Agriculture Industry, which includes the Nursery Production Industry

     

    Anti-Pesticide CONSPIRACIES are being organized by Cancer-Lunatics.

     

    ●   Farms and Nurseries will be BASELESSLY SMEARED

     

    ●   Farms and Nurseries will be FALSELY ACCUSED

     

    ●   Farms and Nurseries will be GROTESQUELY PUNISHED

     

    ●   Farms and Nurseries will be INNOCENTLY CONVICTED

     

    ●   Farms and Nurseries will be MERCILESSLY TERRORIZED

     

    ●   Farms and Nurseries will be SHAMELESSLY PERSECUTED, and

     

    ●   Farms and Nurseries will be WRONGFULLY DEPRIVED.

     

    Here is a 2008 statement from Canadian Cancer Society  ―

     

    «  For years, the Canadian Cancer Society has argued in favour of bans on the cosmetic use of pesticides around homes and gardens. 

     

    But it has remained silent on the country’s biggest use of bug and weed killers  ―  ON FARMS.

     

    Now, the society is considering weighing in on whether THESE SPRAYS POSE A CANCER RISK TO FARMERS, other rural residents near them, and to the wider public from eating foods carrying pesticide residues.

     

    To that end, the society is holding a conference starting today [ August 13th, 2008 ] at which it has assembled experts to advise it on whether cosmetic pesticide restrictions, which now exist in Ontario, Quebec and many municipalities, should be followed by TOUGHER ACTION AGAINST THE USE OF SPRAYS IN AGRICULTURE. 

     

    The society doesn’t have a view on the related issue of whether organically grown foods are a better option, a topic that will also be discussed.  »

     

    The conference mentioned in the above excerpt was organized and held by Canadian Cancer Society on August 13th, 2008 in Toronto. 

     

    It was called EXPLORING THE CONNECTION  ―  A STATE OF THE SCIENCE CONFERENCE ON PESTICIDES AND CANCER.

     

    According to Canadian Cancer Society  …

     

    «  Experts from around the world will lead discussions on the CANCER RISKS OF PESTICIDES USED ON AGRICULTURAL CROPS, at a ground-breaking conference organized and hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society.  »

     

    Canadian Cancer Society is planning to ANNIHILATE the Agriculture Industry, which includes the Nursery Production Industry.

     

     

    For more information, go to The Pesticide Truths Web-Site — Canadian Cancer Society — Includes The NORAHG Library of Force Of Nature Reports ( link )

     

    http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/canadian-cancer-society/

     

     

     

     

     

    WILLIAM H. GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G

     

    National Organization Responding Against HUJE that seek to harm the Green Space Industry ( NORAHG ).

     

    We are living in the DARK AGE OF ANTI PESTICIDE TERRORISM where sound science is trumped by FAKE SCIENTISTS, JUNK SCIENCE and UNVERIFIABLE SECRET EVIDENCE through FABRICATION, INNUENDO, and INTERNET RUMOUR  ―  scientific research PROVES that pest control products CAUSE NO HARM and can be USED SAFELY.

     

    NORAHG represents the VAST SILENT MAJORITY of people in the Green Space Industry who are OPPOSED to Anti-Pesticide PROHIBITION.

     

    NORAHG is TOTALLY INDEPENDENT as a NATIONAL NON PROFIT and NON PARTISAN organization dedicated to reporting the work of RESPECTED and HIGHLY RATED EXPERTS who promote ENVIRONMENTAL REALISM and PESTICIDE TRUTHS.

     

    For more information, please go to the Pesticide truths Web-Site that contains History, Links, Audios, Videos, and Media News Reports right off the press  …

     

    http://pesticidetruths.com/

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