The Environmental Factor – Registering Liquid Corn Gluten as Pesticide in Ontario

This product was being sold by Environmental Factor as a BioStimulant on their website for years.  They were using and selling it as an Unregistered Pesticide (illegally), just like they were doing with Neem Oil.  Now that the Ministry of Environment is clamping down on their Deceit, they are registering it. 

Don't bother with this product, it is useless.  The shelf life is also very limited.

How do they get away with registering products that are not effective, unless they lie about the Field Test Results.

Would someone who pushed for a Cosmetic Pesticide Ban in Ontario Lie in order to sell their own products as a replacement?????

They also received Ontario Grant money to field test this product if you can believe it.



Instrument Proposal Notice:   EBR Registry Number: 011-5370
Proponent: The Environmental Factor Inc.
85 Chambers Drive
Unit 8
Ajax Ontario
Canada L1Z 1E2

Instrument Type: Classification, reclassification or declassification of a Pesticide under Ontario Regulation 63/09 – Pesticides Act – Reg 63/09
Ministry Reference Number:
Ministry of the Environment
Date Proposal loaded to the Registry:
December 22, 2011
Keyword(s): Pesticides


Comment Period: 30 days: submissions may be made between December 22, 2011 and January 21, 2012.


Description of Instrument:



Liquid Corn Gluten is a new active ingredient contained in a pesticide product that is proposed for classification in Ontario.

Under the federal Pest Control Products Act, all pesticides destined for use in Canada must undergo a federal registration review including efficacy and human and environmental concerns.

In Ontario, the Pesticides Act stipulates that all federally registered pesticides must be further classified in Ontario before it becomes legal for sale and use.

• PCP registration: 30039
• Name of the product: TurfMaize Liquid Bio-herbicide Corn Gluten Weed Preventer *
• Type: Herbicide
• Formulation: Liquid
• Active Ingredient: Liquid Corn Gluten
• Guarantee: 99.81 %
• Federal Classification: Domestic
• Use area: Turf
• Pest: Weeds
• Provisional Class: Class 5

Class 5 pesticides are federally designated as Domestic products.

Under Ontario's cosmetic pesticides ban, homeowners can use Class 5 or 6 products containing Class 11 pesticides to manage pests in lawns and gardens.

The Ministry of the Environment is proposing to add Liquid Corn Gluten as a Class 11 pesticide (biopesticides and certain lower risk pesticides) for cosmetic uses under the ban. Biopesticides are those designated by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency. Lower risk pesticides have characteristics such as low toxicity to humans, minimal impact to the environment, and act in a non-toxic way in controlling intended pests

For additional information about classification of pesticide products in Ontario, please refer to the attached description of the provincial classes under Additional Information.



Other Information:


New active ingredient: Liquid Corn Gluten

Product label:

* The registrant has proposed to change the name of this product to "Green it Liquid Bio-herbicide Weed Preventer".



Public Consultation:

This proposal has been posted for a 30 day public review and comment period starting December 22, 2011. If you have any questions, or would like to submit your comments, please do so by January 21, 2012 to the individual listed under "Contact". Additionally, you may submit your comments on-line.

All comments received prior to January 21, 2012 will be considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry of the Environment if they are submitted in writing or electronically using the form provided in this notice and reference EBR Registry number 011-5370.

Please Note: All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record. You will not receive a formal response to your comment, however, relevant comments received as part of the public participation process for this proposal will be considered by the decision maker for this proposal.

One comment on “The Environmental Factor – Registering Liquid Corn Gluten as Pesticide in Ontario

  1. WILLIAM H. GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G December 30, 2011 6:11 am


    DECEMBER 30TH, 2011









           ( a.k.a. LIQUID CORN GLUTEN )


    Without prejudice.


    The Ontario Ministry of the Environment is proposing to add Liquid Corn Gluten as a Class 11 Green Alternative Pesticide ( a classification for bio-pesticides and certain lower risk pesticides ) for cosmetic uses under the provincial ban of conventional pest control products. 

    This letter is a complaint concerning THREE issues related to Liquid corn Gluten  ―

    ●   The LOW EFFICACY of Liquid Corn Gluten

    ●   The CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST of the Government of Ontario

    ●   The ALLEGED LOWER RISK of Liquid Corn Gluten



    The Government of Ontario ALLEGES that Liquid Corn Gluten is somehow a NEW active ingredient.

    In fact, the ONLY SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE regarding this new product is its formulation, which is LIQUID  ―  prior formulations were GRANULAR.

    Despite the new formulation, Liquid Corn Gluten will still only provide LOW EFFICACY and POOR/NON-EXISTENT RESULTS in a weed control program.

    According to the proposed label, Liquid Corn Gluten is recommended for  …

    «  …  the INHIBITION of dandelion and crabgrass ( smooth and large ) and white clover seed germination in lawns where established perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass predominate.  »

    Corn Gluten merely « inhibits » or « suppresses » certain weeds.

    In general, « suppression » occurs when LESS THAN FIFTY PER CENT of the damaging weed population is killed by a single application of herbicide. 

    « Suppression » is NOT the same as « control ».

    FULL EFFECTIVE « control » can only be attained with CONVENTIONAL pest control products where a VERY HIGH PER CENT of damaging weeds are killed. 

    In many circumstances, Corn Gluten is INEFFECTIVE and INADEQUATE.

    In fact, U.S. university research indicates that Corn Gluten DOES NOT CONTROL ANY weeds in ANY trials under ANY circumstances.

    There is NO evidence of pre- or post-emergence weed control.

    It is INCONCEIVABLE that the Government of Ontario would approve the use of a herbicide with such a LOW LEVEL of efficacy.

    At best, Corn Gluten is a VERY WEAK HERBICIDE that MAY have some uses for do-it-yourself home-owner weed management.

    Unfortunately, Corn Gluten CANNOT BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY as a COMMERCIAL product for use in the PROFESSIONAL LAWN CARE INDUSTRY.

    Most assuredly, the Government of Ontario would NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS consider approving this type of product for use in the AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY.

    It appears as though the Government of Ontario is using the PROFESSIONAL LAWN CARE INDUSTRY as the DUMPING-GROUND for BOGUS INFERIOR Green Alternative Pesticides.

    Why is the Government of Ontario SQUANDERING and WASTING RESOURCES on a product that, essentially, DOES NOT WORK ?!?!

    For more information about Corn Gluten Herbicide, please go to the following link  …



    In 2010, the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Environment, provided an initial 480-THOUSAND-DOLLARS to the Agricultural Adaptation Council ( AAC ) to establish the Cosmetic Use Pesticide Research and Innovation ( CUPRI ) funding to investigate so-called « new approaches » to pest control.

    The Environmental Factor BENEFITED from this program with a 30-THOUSAND-DOLLAR GRANT.

    The GRANT was provided for « research » into the efficacy of Liquid Corn Gluten in controlling weeds.

    Although The Environmental Factor is the REGISTRANT for this product, it is NOT a research organization.

    Moreover, why is the Government of Ontario SQUANDERING and WASTING RESOURCES on a product that is, essentially, DISMAL FAILURE ?!?!

    Unfortunately, by providing the GRANT, the Government of Ontario GAINED A VESTED FINANCIAL INTEREST in Liquid Corn Gluten.

    In essence, the Government of Ontario is in SEVERE CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST BY DIRECTLY PARTICIPATING in the development of Green Alternative Pesticides like Liquid Corn Gluten.

    For more information concerning The Environmental Factor, please go to the following link  …



    According to the Government of Ontario, bio-pesticides like Liquid Corn Gluten have characteristics such as « low toxicity to humans, minimal impact to the environment, and act in a non-toxic way in controlling intended pests. »

    Bio-pesticides are supposed to be « lower-risk green alternative to conventional turf herbicides ».

    However, the proposed label for Liquid Corn Gluten contains the following statements  …

    «  May cause SENSITIZATION.  TurfMaize Liquid Bioherbicide Corn Gluten Weed Preventer should not be applied if a member of the household has a SENSITIVITY OR ALLERGY TO CORN.  May IRRITATE EYES AND SKIN.  Avoid contact with skin, eyes or clothing.  May cause respiratory irritation.  Avoid breathing spray mist.  Do not re-enter or allow re-entry of adults, children or domestic pets into treated areas until the spray is dried.  »

    Corn Gluten is ALLEGED to be a so-called « lower-risk green alternative to conventional turf herbicides ». 

    This is NOT true. 

    In many ways, Corn Gluten is HIGH-RISK and MORE TOXIC when compared to conventional turf herbicides.

    Contact with Corn Gluten may cause TEMPORARY MILD IRRITATION.

    Corn Gluten may cause SENSITIZATION TO THE SKIN AND EYES. 

    Corn Gluten may ADVERSELY AFFECT people with known corn allergies  ―  they are advised by the label to avoid exposure.

    Why is the Government of Ontario SUPPORTING a product that is, essentially, HIGH-RISK and MORE TOXIC ?!?!

    For more information regarding Green Alternative Pesticides, please go to the following link  …



    Overall, Green Alternative Pesticides like Liquid Corn Gluten are INEFFECTIVE, INADEQUATE, HIGH-RISK, MORE TOXIC, and even STUNNINGLY EXPENSIVE !

    In fact, there are NO viable, efficacious, economical, or low-risk alternatives to replace conventional pest control products. 

    Green Alternative Pesticides like Liquid Corn Gluten are BOGUS and DISMAL FAILURES  ―  they DO NOT WORK and they are NOT INNOVATIVE products.

    Liquid Corn Gluten is NOT SAFER, NOT BETTER, and NOT MORE EFFECTIVE.

    The Government of Ontario is SQUANDERING and WASTING both MONEY and RESOURCES on this product.

    It is recommended that the Government of Ontario RE-ASSESS its programs so that EFFICACEOUS, INNOVATIVE, and GENUINELY LOW-RISK Green Alternative Pesticides are brought to market.




    NORAHG is the National Organization Responding Against HUJE that seek to harm the Green space industry.

    NORAHG morally represents the VAST SILENT MAJORITY of people associated with turf and ornamental plant maintenance who are OPPOSED to Anti Pesticide PROHIBITION and the CLOSURE or ABANDONMENT of green spaces under the RIDICULOUS PRETEXT of somehow « saving » the environment.

    NORAHG is a NATIONAL NON PROFIT NON PARTISAN organization that does not accept money from corporations or governments or trade associations, and represents NO VESTED INTERESTS WHATSOEVER.

    NORAHG is dedicated to reporting the work of RESPECTED and HIGHLY RATED EXPERTS who promote ENVIRONMENTAL REALISM and PESTICIDE TRUTHS.

    NORAHG was the brainchild of William H. Gathercole and his colleagues in 1991.  Mr. Gathercole is now retired, although his name continues to appear as founder.

    We are living in the DARK AGE OF ANTI PESTICIDE TERRORISM where sound science is trumped by JUNK SCIENCE and UNVERIFIABLE SECRET EVIDENCE through FABRICATION, INNUENDO, and INTERNET RUMOUR  ―  scientific research PROVES that pest control products CAUSE NO HARM and can be USED SAFELY.

    HUJE are enviro-lunatics, anti-pesticide activists, and lawn-haters, who particularly DESPISE the golf industry.  There is NO RECOURSE but LITIGATION against these HUJE, as well as CANCELLATION of GOVERNMENT GRANTS and REVOCATION of the TAX EXEMPT STATUS of their organizations.

    NORAHG manages The Library of Force Of Nature Reports and References for all Anti Pesticide Terrorist Acts of Subversion. 

    The NORAHG of Library Force Of Nature Reports and References is a VAST ARCHIVE of DOCUMENTS, AUDIO CLIPS, and VIDEOS on ALL Anti Pesticide Activities has been made AVAILABLE through NORAHG to anyone interested in LITIGATION.

    These ARCHIVES contain names, statements, activities, and affiliations of ALL Anti Pesticide Vermin, including Government Officials, as well as Charitable Prohibition-Terrorist-Organizations that DO NOT DESERVE ANY Tax Exempt Status.

    Interested parties need only to send NORAHG their REQUESTS for ANY INFORMATION needed in the War Against Lunatic Terrorist PROHIBITION.

    Anti-Pesticide Activists are advised that all names, statements, activities, and affiliations have been ARCHIVED for eventual CRIMINAL CHARGES.

    When criminal charges for FRAUD and CONSPIRACY are laid, legal experts say that there is sufficient information to lead to a SUCCESSFUL PROSECUTION !

    For more information, please go to The Pesticide Truths Web-Site that contains History, Links, Audios, Videos, and Media News Reports right off the press  …




    Force Of Nature — Letter of COMPLAINT — 2011 12 30 — Ontario Ministry of the Environment — Liquid Corn Gluten Herbicide — pdf


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