Ontario pesticide ban one of the toughest in N.A.
The Province of Ontario has put into place one of the most stringent
bans in North America for the cosmetic use of pesticides. It officially
begins next month on April 22, 2009, Earth Day and has been heralded by
health and environmental organizations as a giant leap forward in
protecting both citizens and their environs against hazardous chemicals.
The ban is part of the McGuinty government’s commitment to protect families, especially children from pollution and toxic chemicals through tough new environmental laws ...".
Gideon Forman instrumental in Provincial Pesticide Ban for Spring, 2009
Gideon Forman, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), who spoke about pesticide use in Southampton last summer, says that, "We're delighted the government has listened to our doctors and nurses and introduced a ban on lawn and garden pesticides. We still need to ensure the regulations are good and strong, but Ontario is now positioning itself to be a North American leader in this area."
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A pesticide-free lawn in Southampton
Jan Kasperski, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario College of
Family Physicians adds that, "The Ontario College of Family Physicians
also solidly supports a province-wide ban on the use of cosmetic
pesticides. Our research demonstrates the many health effects associated
with pesticides. On behalf of our most vulnerable patients, the children
of this province, we are pleased to hear that government has moved so
quickly to develop this important legislation."
Alternatives that can be purchased and used are biopesticides (e.g.,
micro-organisms that control pests, such as the bacterial insecticide
spray used to control Gypsy moths) and lower risk pesticides (such as
acetic acid) to manage weeds, insects and plant diseases. Pesticides
must be used in accordance with their label.
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