Pesticide ban not contentious
In the overview of bills passed in the spring sitting in Province, Statistics Canada in stalemate (June 13), it says "few were contentious."
Manitoba's new lawn pesticide ban should be included in this group. Despite some heated debate, in the end lawn-pesticide bans are not very controversial.
Case in point: Ontario has had one for five years, and in the last provincial election it was hardly mentioned.
Why? Because Canadians are largely in agreement now: Kids and pesticides don't mix. Congratulations to the province for bringing in this common-sense legislation.
Call it Pesticide Free, Safe for the Environment but when you need to get rid of the weeds use Synthetic Pesticides and call it an Emergency Non-organic Rescue Treatment. Nobody will know the difference.
To meet USDA NOP certification requirements for crop production, organic farmers are prohibited from applying non-conforming substances to the land for three years before the harvest of an organic crop. This requirement, albeit rigorous, preserves the integrity of products labeled organic and drastically contrasts with a recent effort to develop standards for organic land care (including lawns) that allows applications of non-organic materials under an ‘Emergency Non-Organic Rescue Treatment’ provision. The standards, developed by Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), emphasize that emergency non-organic rescue treatments must be rare, must only be undertaken as a last resort, and must be approved by the client (www.organiclandcare.net/accreditation/standards).