On Earth Day, Manitoba’s government announced it would restrict the use of
certain pesticides that pose serious health and environmental risks. But did you know that you played a role?
In June, the bill passed its third and final reading in the Legislature, paving the way for a ban on cosmetic pesticides — chemicals used on lawns and gardens to improve their appearance — to take effect in 2015.
I work at Ecojustice because I want to protect humans, animals and the environment they need to survive. As a lawyer, I work to strengthen environmental laws and governments’ enforcement of those laws. And for the past several years, your support means I've been able to help groups campaigning for a cosmetic pesticide ban in Manitoba.
I live in Toronto, but I grew up in Manitoba. As a kid, I spent a lot of time gardening, climbing trees and playing with my friends on lawns and in parks. Unfortunately, the chemical industry has convinced many people that that we need to spray pesticides to rid our green spaces of weeds.
The cost of using many of these pesticides for cosmetic purposes is too high. Research says that some pesticides may harm animals or humans, especially children. Risks include cancer, as well as reproductive and respiratory problems.