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Park Board Buying Neonic Free Plants Only | Vancouver park board institutes pesticide ban to help save honeybees

Randy Shore Oct 28/14

Vancouver’s park board will no longer plant or purchase plants treated with a class of pesticides implicated in honeybee die-offs after passing a motion Monday night.

Neonicotinoids — widely known as neonics — are a class of pesticide sometimes used to protect nursery plants from damage by sap-sucking and leaf-chewing insects. Their main use is in the food system, where they are used to treat corn and soybean seed in large-scale agriculture.

“The park board has a limited jurisdiction, but one thing that we can so is help set industry standards, because we such a big purchaser and we cover so much green space,” said commissioner Niki Sharma, who introduced the motion. “So we will not be buying from suppliers that cannot demonstrate that their products are neonic-free and we won’t be using any in our system.”

The neonic ban is part of the roll-out of the board’s Pollinator Project, which facilitates the creation of landscapes and gardens in the park system that are friendly to honeybees, butterflies and other pollinating insects, said Sharma.

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Art Drysdale | True Costs of Alternative Herbicides | Where to get the Good Stuff | I CanGarden.com – Gardening Resource Site

My Response To Those Who Would Attempt To Muzzle Me Regarding The Use Of Safe Garden Pesticidesby Art Drysdale

by Art Drysdale

 

email: art@artdrysdale.com 

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Siemens Says – Does government know better than you – Siemens Says

 

The Manitoba government introduced legislation recently restricting the use of certain chemicals for weed control on lawns to start in 2015. The pesticide ban is also on grass around hospitals, sidewalks, schools and daycares under the new legislation.

Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh says the legislation will help keep children safe.

 

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Toxic Pesticides Run in the Family | Coquitlam MLA Selina Robinson | Condolences Mom Dies of Cancer | Rhoda DARDICK Obituary: View Rhoda DARDICK’s Obituary by The Gazette

It's tough to lose a loved one to Cancer.  Especially when you daily deal with Health Canada Approved Products for a Living.  All that second guessing when something goes wrong with a loved one.  Was it The Lawn Pesticides?  Was it the Prescription Drugs, Was it the Doctor?? , was it the Hospital?

But when your diagnosed with Cancer and rely on Pharmaceutical Aka Pesticide Manufacturers to contiune living a normal life, like Sister Selina Robinson Does, should we pitty their death?

Selina has destroyed many careers claiming mistruths about Health Canada Approve Pesticides when she sees fit.

Unfortunately Your time is coming Selina.  Hopefully your children will not be burdened with the GENETIC repercussions.

It wasn't the PESTICIDES you know.

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Topless Children and Pesticide Bans | Government Funded | Lunatic Activism at its best | Judie Braiman | Empire State Consumer Project

Topless Child Pesticide Activism

.Use of Pesticides in Public Areas Exposes 
Rochester Area Residents to Toxic Chemicals 
 
 
Rochester, June 17, 2014 – While pesticides were banned from New York State schools in 2010, local 
governments continue to use toxic chemicals for cosmetic purposes. Empire State Consumer Project has 
published its 2014 Government Pesticide Survey, which highlights the hazards of common pesticides used on 
local government properties. These include cancer, reproductive harm, organ and nervous system damage, 
birth defects, and danger to animals and the environment. 
 
“Weed-free landscaping is a thing of the past. As research continues to show the toxicity of pesticides to 
humans, animals, and the environment, and organic gardening practices have proven effective, we must 
change our vision of what constitutes a beautiful lawn,” says Judy Braiman, president of Empire State 
Consumer Project. “Town, village and county parks, office complexes, and roadways are a few of the 
properties that seek to ‘beautify’ their grounds while exposing the public to toxic chemicals and polluting the 
environment. Some communities report using no pesticides – If these communities can do it, they all can.”

IV. Conclusion 
 
 
Given the serious health effects of pesticide exposure, our long-term vision for Rochester area communities is 
the end of pesticide use for non-emergency purposes. Consumers, employees, and neighboring residents 
have no say about the pesticides they are exposed to while shopping, working, visiting, or living near these 
locations. Recent applications, even when posted with signs, cannot be avoided altogether. 
 
Pesticide drift caused by wind and runoff from rain extend the reach of the toxics well beyond their intended 
targets. New York State has banned the sale of phosphorus fertilizers for residential use (unless soil testing 
proves a need), due to the hazards it poses as it runs into ground water and increases the growth of algae, 
some dangerous, in our lakes and bays. 
 
Hundreds of communities in North America have banned pesticide-use 
http://www.safelawns.org/blog/2012/02/trying-to-ban-pesticides-get-your-strategy-correct-first/. 
 
In 2001, the city of Saratoga, California was one of the first U.S. cities to ban the use of pesticides. This month, 
the state of Oregon temporarily banned more than a dozen pesticides after 50,000 bees were found dead in a 
Target store parking lot. 
 
Realizing the dangers to human and environmental health, the province of Ontario Canada and 172 Canadian 
communities have banned the use of pesticides for cosmetic landscaping purposes. 
http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/environment/en/category/pesticides/index.htm 
 
The 5,000 members of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment say exposure to pesticides 
can lead to serious long-term health problems and are lobbying for a province-wide ban on homeowner 
pesticide use in British Columbia. 
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/03/05/bc-cosmetic-pesticide-ban.html 
 
Rochester is home to the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT. The City of Rochester, Monroe County, 
and local communities have sustainability initiatives in place, including many energy saving initiatives. It is time 
we expand our view of sustainability to include an essential health component and a truly ‘green’ approach to 
public health and safety – a pesticide-free future for the Rochester community. 

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