Pesticide ban ignores progress and innovation
County Councilman George Leventhal’s proposed ban on pesticide use for public and private property takes away products rigorously tested and approved by the Environmental Protection Agency from professionals and homeowners. The ban is based on fear, not science, and ignores the benefit of reliable weed, insect and disease controls for our community.
As former sports field manager for Montgomery County’s acclaimed Maryland SoccerPlex and a current worldwide educator on turfgrass management, my work is focused on creating better turfgrass at all levels. Progress is made daily toward creating solutions to improve local fields.
This proposed ban ignores this progress. It ignores innovation of product technology. And it removes many tools used to make fields and lawns better while reducing environmental impact — tools that remove weeds, reduce mowing and reduce irrigation; tools that keep turfgrass strong and healthy; tools tested and approved by the EPA.
This ban also fails to consider integrated pest management already practiced by licensed, professional lawn-care operators and turfgrass managers. It uses pesticide minimally to treat specific threats to healthy outdoor spaces.
Are you planning to treat your Ash trees this year?
If you are worried about the impact of the Emerald Ash Borer and are exploring the feasibility of treating your trees or those in your community this year, we’d like to encourage you to discuss the treatment procedure with your registered pesticide exterminator and/or municipality to ensure that they are following the label instructions. TreeAzin, the treatment most frequently recommended for this pest, is a tree-injected systemic which can be very toxic to bee brood. The label makes it clear that it should not be applied until after the blooming period – which in Ontario would be mid to late June – and also recommends not applying more frequently than every two years.
If you would like to download the label, you can find it here. As with all pesticides, we encourage its use only when essential.
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.
Green Venture is promoting misinformation regarding Ontario's Cosmetic Pesticide Ban. These techniques do not work, it has been proven over and over, in many jurisdictions throughout North America where bans are in place. The Homemade Pesticides are Dangerous, more dangerous than the banned products.
Why do they not scrutinize these ECO MONEY GRABBERS more closely and stop providing them funding.