Radical Newspaper Editorial Wants More Prohibition In British Columbia
October 10th, 2013
Penticton Western News
Penticton, British Columbia
Selected And Adapted Excerpts
On the list of things humans need to lead a happy life, surely a well manicured, green lawn must be near the very bottom of the list. [ Wrong ! ]
Yet, here we are, more than 50 years after Rachel Carson stunned the world with the publication of her book, Silent Spring, and the use of cosmetic pesticides continues. [ See below for more information about Carson ]
Earlier this week, the B.C. Liberal government trumpeted changes to the rules regulating the use of cosmetic pesticides.
The bottom line is the changes still permit the use of cosmetic pesticides.
Why allow the use of cosmetic pesticides ? [ Because they are scientifically safe and cause no harm ! ]
For a province brimming with green, weed-free, pest-free lawns ?
Why ban the use of cosmetic pesticides ? [ Because people do not want to live in garbage dump green spaces ! ]
Because the evidence is mounting that the use of pesticides, including herbicides can increase the risk of cancer, from leukemia and lymphomas to brain cancer, lung cancer, kidney cancer and a few more. [ Wrong ! ] [ Wrong ! ] [ Wrong ! ]
A study by Bassil et al., published in 2007 in the Canadian Family Physician, reviewed the scientific literature on the potential effects of pesticides on human health. [ Wrong ! ]
Based on the review, the authors recommended a reduction in the use of pesticides, and based on the results of the study, the Ontario College of Family Physicians recommended everyone, especially children and pregnant women reduce exposure to pesticides.
The Union of B.C. Municipalities, led by then mayor of Kamloops, Terry Lake, passed a resolution supporting a ban on the sale and use of cosmetic pesticides.
Today, Lake is minister of health.
What happened to the vision ?
What happened to the conviction ?
Silent spring, silent minister.
B.C. Is Part Of The North American Trend
The trend against pesticide bans continues in British Columbia, and across North America. British Columbia granted an exception status to businesses operating in the professional lawn care and golf industries. Only specially-trained experts working within these industries are permitted to use pest control products in the urban landscape. The government of British Columbia made the right choice, and deserves congratulation. The government's decision was based upon the work of one of its special committees. On May 17th, 2012, British Columbia's Special Committee On Cosmetic Pesticides stopped the trend towards needless, senseless, and malicious prohibition. The Special Committee announced that it would not recommend prohibition against pest control products used in the urban landscape. http://wp.me/p1jq40-2c2 British Columbia's decision confirms that the public rejects prohibition. This public attitude was also confirmed in a recent poll conducted by Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association ( CCSPA ). http://wp.me/p1jq40-2bo The poll confirmed that the vast majority of residents in British Columbia are opposed to the prohibition. The only people who want prohibition are a small group of activists with vested interests in concocting imaginary danger against pest control products. Moreover, there are dozens of jurisdictions that are stopping or rescinding or limiting anti-pesticide prohibition, or granting professional lawn care businesses with an exception status ― Alberta ( Province ), Altona ( Manitoba ), Ashland ( Oregon ), Beaumont ( Alberta ), British Columbia ( Province ), Calgary ( Alberta ), Campbell River ( British Columbia ), Chicago ( Illinois ), Durango ( Colorado ), Edmonton ( Alberta ), Everett ( Washington ), Guelph ( Ontario ), Guelph-Eramosa ( Ontario ), Kamloops ( British Columbia ), Kelowna ( British Columbia ), Merritt ( British Columbia ), New Brunswick ( Province ), Newfoundland & Labrador ( Province ), Port Alberni ( British Columbia ), Portage La Prairie ( Manitoba ), Quebec ( Prohibition Invalidated When Lawsuit Defeated Ban ), Regina ( Saskatchewan ), Rossland ( British Columbia ), Salmon Arm ( British Columbia ), Scarborough ( Maine ), Saint John's ( Newfoundland & Labrador ), Steinbach ( Manitoba ), Stuartburn ( Manitoba), Vernon ( British Columbia ), Winkler ( Manitoba ). http://wp.me/P1jq40-1JO The trends against pesticide bans continue. No one can afford this #@!!% nonsense !
Background Information From An Independent Perspective
CULPRIT – CARSON, Rachel
CULPRIT – CARSON, RACHEL – THE QUEEN OF JUNK SCIENCE ( Web-Page )
NORAHG is the National Organization Responding Against HUJE that seek to harm the Green space industry, and the well-being of our communities.
NORAHG morally represents the VAST SILENT MAJORITY of people associated with turf and ornamental plant maintenance who are OPPOSED to Anti Pesticide PROHIBITION and the CLOSURE or ABANDONMENT of green spaces under the RIDICULOUS PRETEXT of somehow « saving » the environment. http://wp.me/P1jq40-2bo
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 PESTICIDE FREE FAILURES, as well as the work of RESPECTED and HIGHLY RATED EXPERTS who promote ENVIRONMENTAL REALISM and PESTICIDE TRUTHS. http://wp.me/p1jq40-5DD