Cosmetic pesticides face ban in province – Winnipeg Free Press

Cosmetic pesticides face ban in province

Mackintosh wants chemical-free lawns

Environmentalists back a cosmetic-pesticide ban, but industry officials say it's just a political move.

Environmentalists back a cosmetic-pesticide ban, but industry officials say it's just a political move. (LIAM RICHARDS / POSTMEDIA NEWS ARCHIVES)

Manitoba will soon join most other Canadian provinces and ban cosmetic pesticides — sprays such as WeedEx and Roundup that keep lawns perfect by killing weeds and bugs.

Newly minted Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh said he plans to release a discussion paper this spring exploring how a ban might work. Then, he'll seek input from the public and lawn-care companies over the summer before introducing legislation this fall or, more likely, early next year.

"I want to see a modern regulation of non-essential cosmetic lawn pesticides to help protect people's health and the environment," said Mackintosh, who emphasized any ban would only apply to lawns and parks, not farms. "Manitobans are entitled to the same protections most other Canadians enjoy."

Manitoba is one of only four provinces left that hasn't created some kind of ban on cosmetic pesticides. Nova Scotia and Ontario have relatively new bans that are considered the toughest, and Mackintosh said he's leaning toward those.

Local environmental groups have been needling the province to crack down on cosmetic herbicides and pesticides for several years and were pleased Mackintosh plans to act.

"Lots of other provinces have moved in the last couple of years to make a ban happen and many of us were saying Manitoba has got to catch up," said Anne Lindsey of the volunteer advocacy group Campaign for Pesticide Reduction.

But local lawn-care companies say a cosmetic-pesticide ban is little more than politics.

"They make these decisions for political reasons, not for health and safety reasons," said David Hinton, owner of Weed Man and president of Landscape Manitoba.

Hinton said there has been a backlash against the bans in many provinces, especially Ontario.

Organic pesticides are available, but they tend to cost more and aren't as effective, said Hinton. And, he said he's not convinced they are necessarily any safer than the chemicals Health Canada approves, used properly.

"We hope the government tries to look at the facts and stays away from the rhetoric," he said.

Last year, when former conservation minister Bill Blaikie hinted a ban may be coming, CropLife Canada, the pesticide industry trade association, launched a significant lobbying effort, warning the province a cosmetic-pesticide ban could stigmatize pesticides used to boost agricultural production. CropLife also argued Health Canada carefully regulates the chemicals and has deemed them safe.

More recently, the Association of Manitoba Municipalities passed a resolution last fall opposing the ban on the grounds it would increase municipal weed-control costs and allow weeds from urban lawns to blow into nearby farm fields.

Cities can ban the use of pesticides but only the province can ban the sale — a much more effective method of reducing pesticide use. Brandon has a bylaw restricting cosmetic-pesticide use near schools, daycares and parks. Winnipeg's bylaw only requires lawn-care companies to post warning signs when they apply chemicals.

maryagnes.welch@freepress.mb.ca

 

 

Ban basics

Here's what a cosmetic pesticide ban might look like:

Wouldn't apply to farms, only lawns and other public green space. Probably wouldn't apply to golf courses, either, but that will be up for debate.

Would likely list dozens of banned chemicals that can't be used or sold, including 2,4-D mecoprop, dicamba, glyphosate, diazinon and carbaryl and weed-and-feed.

Wouldn't apply to pesticides used for health issues such as mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus or dangerous plants such as poison ivy.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 1, 2012

 

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  1. WILLIAM H. GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G February 1, 2012 3:14 pm

     

     

    NORAHG Responds to the THREAT of PROHIBITION in the Province of Manitoba.

     

    Anti-Pesticide PROHIBITION in Manitoba is NOT NECESSARY.

    In the last decade, ALL PROVINCIAL PROHIBITIONS against pest control products are 100 per cent Politically-Based and 0 per cent Science-Based.

    And finally, in 2011, the PROVINCE OF ALBERTA STOPPED the trend towards NEEDLESS, SENSELESS, and MALICIOUS PROHIBITION.

    On August 9th, 2011, the GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA stated that it WILL NOT CREATE RESTRICTIONS OR LAWS THAT CONFLICT WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, that is relied upon for health and safety assessments.

    Consequently, the GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA has indicated that is has NO INTENT TO PROHIBIT THE SALE OF ANY PEST CONTROL PRODUCT.

    ALBERTA has monitored Anti-Pesticide PROHIBITIONS over the past few years and the approaches taken by other jurisdictions, and has found THE BASIS FOR ACTION CONFUSING AND INCONSISTENT.

    Moreover, PROHIBITIONS INFLICTED IMMENSE LOSSES to the Professional Lawn Care Industry, in the HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

    For example, the ONTARIO Professional Lawn Care Industry LOST OVER 500,000,000 DOLLARS, with UP TO 12,500 UNEMPLOYED.

    Because of PROHIBITION in ONTARIO, ONE-COMPANY-PER-WEEK DISAPPEARS INTO TOTAL OBLIVION.

    In the PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, OVER 60 PER CENT of the Professional Lawn Care companies was ANNIHILATED.

    Because of Anti-Pesticide PROHIBITION, the owners, employees, and families dependent on Professional Lawn Care businesses faced TERROR, DESPAIR, and DESTITUTION.

    Anti-Pesticide PROHIBITIONS have led to LOSS OF REVENUES, BUSINESS FAILURES, BANKRUPTCY, and UNEMPLOYMENT.

    Because of PROHIBITION, Ontario and Quebec green spaces are now OVER-RUN WITH WEEDS, INFESTED WITH INSECTS, and DISMALLY DESTROYED  ―  they look like GARBAGE DUMPS.

     

    THE SAME FATE SOON AWAITS MANITOBA.

     

    Any PROHIBITION of pest control products is NOT JUSTIFIED because STRICT REGULATIONS based on scientific research already PROTECT our health and our environment.

    Conventional pest control products are SAFE, EFFECTIVE, ECONOMICAL, LOW-RISK, and SCIENTIFICALLY SAFE, and NO HARM WILL OCCUR when they are used according to label directions.

    The ASSESSMENT proving that pest control products are SCIENTIFICALLY-SAFE is a process that can take up to TEN YEARS and COST HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

    The cost to manufacturers to get a pest control product from the lab to store shelves is about 250 MILLION DOLLARS.

    Canada has one of the MOST STRINGENT REGULATORY APPROVAL SYSTEMS in the world  …  Health Canada.

    PROHIBITION in Manitoba is NOT NECESSARY, and, in fact, WILL BE HARMFUL.

     

    NORAHG has compiled more information about PROHIBITION on The Pesticide Truths Web-Site  …

    http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/province-of-alberta/

    http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/ontario-living-in-environmental-infamy/

    http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/carnage-caused-by-anti-pesticide-prohibition/

     

    WILLIAM H. GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G

    NORAHG is the National Organization Responding Against HUJE that seek to harm the Green space industry.

    NORAHG is a NATIONAL NON PROFIT NON PARTISAN organization that does not accept money from corporations or governments or trade associations, and represents NO VESTED INTERESTS WHATSOEVER.

    NORAHG is dedicated to reporting the work of RESPECTED and HIGHLY RATED EXPERTS who promote ENVIRONMENTAL REALISM and PESTICIDE TRUTHS.

    http://pesticidetruths.com/

     

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