Aurora Farm forced to discontinue production and sales of popular bug spray Manitoba Mist by Health Canada.Health Canada’s restrictive and expensive process for registering pesticides is forcing small-scale business Aurora Farm from producing and selling it’s proven insect repellant Manitoba Mist.Health Canada representative suggested that the process of registering a pesticide will cost upward of $180,000. The initial PMRA (Pest Management Regulatory Agency) Pre-submission Consultation Request can take up to 16 weeks.“Manitoba Mist has been an excellent product to complement our other natural care products and contributed a significant revenue stream. It’s unfair for Health Canada to make its registration process so lengthy and expensive.” Louise May, Aurora Farm.An economical, local product like Manitoba Mist is important for families who don’t want to use DEET based products. Local families who purchase Manitoba Mist from Aurora Farm directly or at Farmers’ Market are disappointed by the decision by Health Canada.“You know we love your bug spray!!!! Safe for the whole family and it actually works! This is coming from someone who has an abnormal allergy to mosquitoes! It even worked on the black flies at the beach.” Local familyIn August 2014, Health Canada announced that it was banning Citronella from bug sprays despite scientific evidence to the contrary. By December 2014, Health Canada reverted its decision stating “popular outcry”.“There is no sense of credibility at Health Canada in this instance and I won’t be putting the resources into fighting it. Instead, I will be posting my recipe online. All the natural ingredients can be purchased at my farm store and over-the-counter at most natural food and health stores” Louise May, Aurora Farm. References:Health Canada – Pest Management Regulatory Agency:http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pest/registrant-titulaire/index-eng.phpTelephone: 613-736-3799Toll-free: 1-800-267-6315
RE: “A ban is difficult” (March 18)
Actually, a ban isn’t so difficult. Prohibitions on lawn and garden pesticides have now been enacted in cities and provinces across Canada – and the results have been very encouraging. The science shows that people exposed to these chemicals are at greater risk for cancers, neurological illness (such as Parkinson’s), and birth defects.
So pesticide bans have been protecting citizens from a variety of dangerous medical conditions. These bans have also been successful in protecting family pets and drinking water.
As well, cities with pesticide bylaws have seen their lawn-care sector grow. In the five years following enactment of a pesticide bylaw in Halifax, for example, the number of landscaping and lawn care businesses in that city increased by 53 per cent.
Physicians for the Environment urges Summerside to ban lawn and garden pesticides at the earliest possible date. This common-sense policy will enhance public health and – if Summerside is like other cities that have eliminated these poisons — prove very popular with local residents.
Dr. Josette Wier continues her battle against pesticides
Posted on February 28, 2015
Dr. Josette Wier, a doctor and an activist against pesticides, was born in France. She is 68 years old. She has a 120 Acre plot at Smithers, northern BC. She wishes to plant organic grain there, but has not managed the economics of it yet, so presently leases the land for hay. She does not earn anything from it – but gives the hay away freely. She intends to try out experimental crops in small lots to see what works and what does not. She is not aiming to get her products certified organic right now, because it is an expensive proposition, but would like to grow her crops as if they were organic.
There is a shortage of information and knowledge on what can be grown there sustainably. The region’s history of settlements is barely a century old, where settlers came, cleared the forest and created the farm land. Nobody has tried growing human cereals, though some have grown animal feed there. There was a government funded study in an experimental farm decades ago, to see what can be grown there. But, the Government has shut that down quite a while ago. The information thus collected is apparently lost or lying in someone’s barn without any effort to preserve. Reportedly a research student in the University of Northern British Columbia, UNBC, is trying to find that information and is lamenting at the difficulty of finding, preserving and building on that knowledge base.
Josette has a few more things that sets her apart. She has been battling pesticide use in Canada, as an activist and a litigator, for 15 years or so. She took the provincial Government followed up by taking the Federal Govt to court for practice of injecting arsenic based pesticide into hundreds of thousands of BC forest trees to fight the pine beetle attack, and for spraying RoundUp by the logging corporations. After several years of court battle , she eventually won both her cases, and the practice was halted. But this happened only after EPA had withdrawn approval of the practice in USA due to proven harm to environment.