Corn Gluten doesn't even work as a Pesticide, but I guess that is not important to these lunatics.
Many Islanders were rightly disappointed in the actions of a protester who wrote on the wall of Province House with chalk.
Labchuk's decision to use a banned pesticide on the lawn of Province House is also troubling. While this protest may be completely harmless, it sends the message that protests of this nature are acceptable.
The next protestor might decide to climb the columns of the building and hang a banner, or use spray paint, or any number of things which could damage the building already in need of a multi-million dollar restoration.
Out of respect for Province House and the democratic system it represents I would hope that future protests refrain from trying to physically alter the legislature's grounds. http://italkpei.blogspot.ca/
May 07, 2014 8:05 AM
Environmentalist Sharon Labchuk says she will spread corn gluten on lawn of Province House Wednesday
A planned protest Wednesday by environmentalist Sharon Labchuk has the province considering lifting a ban on corn gluten, a non-toxic product that's often used legally in other provinces to kill weeds.
Corn gluten is sold legally as a feed supplement for livestock, but under P.E.I.'s pesticide regulations, it's illegal to sell it as a weed killer for lawns.
Labchuk says she'll protest the ban by spreading corn gluten on the lawn at Province House.
Should Sharon Labchuk protest the ban on corn gluten as weed killer by spreading it on Province House's lawn?
It is a good way to get the province's attention.
She could express her opinions in another manner.
"We need to have another look at what the province brought in in terms of the lawn pesticides here. We all recognize that certain aspects of it are completely ridiculous, like the banning of products to replace toxic stuff, and to get rid of the toxic chemicals we've got. So we're looking for a complete, 100 per cent ban," said Labchuk.
She has been suggesting for years that corn gluten, along with other non-toxic products, should be taken off the list of banned products. She also says some toxic pesticides that are legal now should be prohibited.
Corn gluten is still available for people who want to apply it to their lawn, says Erin Taylor, manager of the Environment Department's Pesticide Regulatory Program.
"But the product that's registered as a pesticide was part of that change in the regulation. It's something that we're looking at and if we feel that it makes sense to make that clearer, then we'll look at that and move in that direction," said Taylor.
Labchuk says she knows she could be fined $1,000 to $50,000 for her protest.
But she says it would be a joke for environment officials to charge her.