What are Pesticides?
Pesticides (herbicides, vermicides, fungicides, and rodenticides) are poisons designed to kill insects, plants, fungi, moulds and rodents. Pesticides contain “active” ingredients (the chemicals intended to kill), and so-called “inert” ingredients. These are considered trade secrets, and although in many cases they can be even more toxic than “active” chemicals, most consumers are completely unaware they exist. Even when used as directed, pesticides have many negative side effects on human health and the environment.... Read more »
Pesticides in Canada are widespread and commonly used in households- yet few Canadians are informed about the negative effects of these chemicals. Pesticide regulation in Canada is seen as inadequate by many and pesticides are promoted as “safe”; the risks associated with their use minimized. The continued use of pesticides in Canada contributes to a build-up of harmful chemicals in the environment.
According to Canadian studies, DDT and DDE residual levels in the breast milk to Inuit women in the Eastern Arctic are 1210 parts per billion, compared to 171 parts per billion in women in Southern Ontario. The extreme levels of persistent pesticides in Arctic people and animals high on the food chain are largely a result of transboundary transport and bioaccumulation. Similar build-ups of other harmful pesticides have been recorded in various parts of Canada including the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River and the Prairies.... Read more »
Environmentalists lauded the province for banning the use and sale of pesticides for lawns but also urged it Monday to include sidewalks, driveways and golf courses.
“We believe this may have been an inadvertent omission," Barbara Harris, with the Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia, told the legislature’s law amendments committee in Halifax.
“We would like to see the law explicitly cover patios, walkways and driveways, as well as lawns.
The reasons for banning nonessential pesticides on lawns apply equally to patios, walkways and driveways."
The province will develop a list of approved pesticides over the next few months, but as of next spring, Nova Scotians will only be able to use low-risk pesticides on their lawns. The ban will extend to ornamental shrubs, flowers and trees in 2012.
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Halifax - The Sierra Club Canada - Atlantic Canada Chapter jubilantly applauds Tuesday's announcement of a province-wide ban on cosmetic pesticides in Nov Scotia. The ban will apply to the use and sale all pesticides, except those explicitly deemed "low risk". The ban will apply to the lawn application of pesticides next year, and all shrubs, flowers, and trees in 2012.
"This is wonderful news, “ says Janet Eaton, International Campaigner for Sierra Club Canada, "Like many Sierra Club members, I have spent countless hours working towards this day. I am absolutely thrilled that soon my own grandchildren and all children will be able to play safely on any lawn in this province.”
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