Jerseys From China Signature

No Ban Needed - CropLife

"We encourage
responsible use of pesticides
for all their uses including:

• urban green spaces,
including lawns and gardens
• agriculture/horticulture/
vegetation management
• structural pest control
• golf courses and
sports turf
• personal use
including insect repellents
and pool chemicals".

CropLife Canada's
Nov 7, 2011 Presentation
to Special Committee,
See Slide 5.

No IPM in Nova Scotia

Since April 2011,
IPM lawn care companies 
in Nova Scotia
must use the same 
"allowable" products 
as everyone else 
residential, commercial, 
government and
institutional properties.

For the allowable 
pesticides list, click here.
For exceptions, click here.

For education info
released March 22, 2011, 
click here.

Use Safely

"If you choose
to use a pesticide
in or around your home,
you are responsible
for using it safely".

Government of Canada

Labelled Use is Dangerous

"However, one need only
to read
the pesticide label
of many typical
household pesticides
to realize
that these are
dangerous substances -
in the sense
that they are quite
capable of causing
significant health and
environmental impacts.

For example:
Avoid breathing
of spray mist.

Avoid repeated
contact with skin . . .

Avoid contamination
of aquatic systems
during application."

West Coast Environmental Law Association
Nov 7 2011 Presentation
to Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides.

Unnecessary Risk

"The government 
the use of pesticides 
to control weeds and insects 
for purely 
cosmetic reasons 
presents an 
unnecessary risk 
to our families and pets,
especially when 
we can have 
lawns and gardens 
without chemicals."

Ontario Ministry of the
Environment Pesticide website.

Low Risk Pesticides

For excellent info on
landscaping problems,
and low risk
"environmentally friendly"
pesticide products,
see Revelstoke's 
Environmentallly Friendly
Pesticides brochure

Weed N Feed Bans

Weed N Feed 
is a herbicide/fertilizer 
combination product 
with 3 active ingredients:
Mecoprop (MCPP)

Click on the toxic ingredients
to find out why
seven provinces have
Weed n Feed bans:

Alberta  2010
New Brunswick  2009
Newfoundland and Labrador 2012
Nova Scotia  2011
Ontario  2009
PEI  2010
Quebec  2003

Health Canada's
Dec 31, 2012
"uncoupling" ban of
herbicide/fertilizer products
did not stop sale of
Weed N Feed ingredients.

When will these
toxic ingredients
be banned in Canada? BC?

Reconsider RoundUp Safety

"The French team,
led by Gilles-Eric Seralini,
a University of Caen
molecular biologist,
said its results
highlight the need
for health agencies
to reconsider
the safety of Roundup.

'The authorizations
for using these
Roundup herbicides
must now clearly
be revised
since their toxic effects
depend on, and
are multiplied
other compounds used
in the mixtures.' ”

Weed-Whacking Herbicide
Proves Deadly
to Human Cells

Scientific American
June 23, 2009.

2003 Roundup Ban

In Sept 2003,
Denmark was the first
country to ban
spraying glyphosate,
the active ingredient
in Monsanto's
Roundup herbicide:

“The chemical has,
against all expectations,
been sieving down
through the soil
and polluting
the groundwater
at a rate five times
more than
the allowed level
for drinking water. . .

This is very surprising,
because we had
previously believed
that bacteria
in the soil broke down
the glyphosate
before it reached
the groundwater.”

Third World Network's Biosafety Information Service

September 16, 2003.

When will Health Canada
decide on acceptable
glyphosate residue limits?

All Insects Pesticide Target

"Pesticide use kills
beneficial insects
as well as targetted insects."

Gardening for pollinators

Thompson Shuswap
Master Gardeners

Help BC go Pesticide Free!

The Canadian Cancer Society
continues to lead BC's
health and environmental
groups' advocacy for a
province-wide ban.

See Coalition's Feb 3, 2012
ban statement.

Review ban legislation
given to BC's Environment
Minister in 2010.

Join the CCS's "Pesticide Free
BC" Facebook discussions.

Take action! to help BC
go pesticide free.

Tell Premier Clark she needs to honour her 2011 pesticide ban commitment.

Call the Premier's office at 250 387 1715 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Together, let's make BC pesticide free.


PMRA's Conflict of Interest

" . . we asked ourselves
it is possible
for one agency,
the Pest Management
Regulatory Agency (PMRA),
to perform
two virtually
conflicting tasks,
namely that of
chemical pesticides
as requested
by industry
at the same time
regulating them
in order
to protect
human health."

Making the right choice
for the Protection
of Health and the Environment

Parliamentary Standing Cttee
on Environment and
Sustainable Development. 
May 2000 Report.

See Chair's Preface to Report.

Biased PMRA Studies

" . . . the researchers
who have carried out
the studies
that are presented
to the PMRA
are paid
by the company
which is making
the product
they are examining.

The company
will have designed
the experiment
in a way most likely
to make their product
look good.

And if the test
goes badly
for the product,
the company's unlikely
to forward it
to the PMRA."

"Bias Built into
Feds' Pesticide Use Review
BC Doctor"

The  Oct 22, 2011

Why originally approved?

"It is very pleasing
that EFSA (European
Food Safety Authority)
now acknowledge
there are significant
environmental risks
with these chemicals.

It begs the question
of what
was going on
when these chemicals
were first approved.

Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
was 50 years ago
but we have not
learned the lessons."

"Insecticide 'unacceptable'
danger to bees,
report finds.

The Guardian
January 16 2013.

2,4-D is OK - PMRA

". . . data and information
submitted. . . support
the regulatory decision
for 2,4-D and
no further changes
are required."


Health Canada's
Pest Management
Regulatory Agency (PMRA)
July 2013 Re-evaluation
Update of May 2008

2,4-D Bans

2,4-D is
banned in
Denmark, Norway & Sweden.

Newfoundland & Labrador,
Nova Scotia, Ontario
and Quebec
have banned 2,4-D.

New Brunswick and PEI
have banned
some 2,4-D products.

Alberta has banned the sale of herbicide/fertilizer products containing 2,4-D.
When will 2,4-D be banned
in Canada?  in BC?

Misguided Committee

" All this explains
why the PMRA
(and its recent fans,
members of BC's
Special Committee on
Cosmetic Pesticides)
the health
and medical community
reach opposite conclusions
regarding pesticides
and human health.

The doctors rely upon
the real-life human
epidemiological research,
rather than the
animal test data
or the PMRA's
evaluation reports
this test data."

"Misguided Recommendations,
Due to Reliance
on a Deficient
Regulatory System.

Prevent Cancer Now website.

Need Low Dose Tests

"Like the hormones
whose actions
they disrupt,
endocrine disrupting
can follow what
endocrinologists call
bi-phasic, or non-monotonic,
dose response curves.

This makes it
impossible to predict
the effects
of low-dose exposures
based upon
high-dose experiments.

The effects can be
not only
but opposite.

While well established
in medical endocrinology,
such responses
have been
less well understood
in traditional toxicology."

Public Policy
Statement 2009 - 2012

American Chemical Society

Missed Low Dose Harm

"Because all
regulatory testing
has been designed
assuming that
'the dose
the poison,'
it is highly likely
to have
low dose effects
led to
health standards
that are too weak."

Does 'the dose
make the poison?'

Pete Meyers & Wendy Hessler
Environmental Health News
April 30, 2007.

Low Dose, Big Effects

“We conclude that . . .
the effects of low doses
cannot be predicted
by the effects
observed at high doses.

Thus, fundamental changes
in chemical testing
safety determination
are needed
to protect human health.”

"Hormones amd
Chemicals: Low Does Effects
and Nonmonotonic Dose Responses"

Endocrine Reviews, June 2012.

See Environmental Health
March 15, 2012
article on study.

Reduce Exposure Warning

"The Ontario College
of Family Physicians (OCFP)
strongly recommending
the public
their exposure
to pesticides
wherever possible."

"Ontario Family Physicians
Warn of Pesticide Dangers
CNW Newswire
June 19, 2012

For OCFP's executive summary
and report, click here.