Pesticide ban seeing positive signs
570 News Aug 02, 2010 06:48:45 AM
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The province’s cosmetic pesticides ban seems be doing some good in Waterloo Region.
Dr. Kim Cuddington, from the Department of Biology at the University of Waterloo, tells 570 News a recent study shows pesticides have in fact gone down in the Grand River.
Ministry of the Environment spokesperson, Kate Jordan, says a comparison study of provincial waterways, from before and after the April 2009 ban, shows a significant decrease in the three most crucial pesticides.
Dr. Cuddington believes there’s still a practical use for pesticides and herbicides, like eradicating giant hogweed.
And she adds, banning the cosmetic use of these chemicals in general home use is like keeping people from self-prescribing medication: you need a professional to know when to use chemicals.
Jordan says the vast majority of professional companies that use pesticides are obeying the new law.
She adds, the MOE has to date laid charges in two cases of violating the provincial ban, and one other case is still under investigation.
The province’s cosmetic pesticides ban came into effect on Earth Day, April 22, 2009.