Low Risk Pesticides

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

BC IPM Applicator Death

"The connection
was as plain
to Debbie
as the spectacular
hanging baskets
Brad was famous for
in downtown Peachland:

a link existed
between the pesticides
Brad used and the cancer
that took him.

When it came to
pesticide use,
Brad would have assumed
that what he was using
was safe . . 

Brad received his
pesticide applicator's
license in March 1997
and took
the proper precautions."

Do Pesticides Cause Cancer?
Dave Preston, Peachland View
March 15, 2007.

Ont Ban Reduces Risk

"We are reducing
the risk
to our health and
to the environment,
and
protecting
the most vulnerable
of our citizens,
our children."

Minister of the Environment's
April 21, 2010 News Release
on
first anniversary
of Ontario's ban.

Redefining "perfect" yard

"As with cigarettes,
drinking and driving, 
and seat belt use,
the cultural shift
of returning
to organic approaches
and re-defining
a "perfect" yard
will take time.

But people (and the planet)
will be better for it."

"Pesticide Ban is Here"
The Cape Breton Post 
April 3, 2011.

Read Label Ingredients

"How do I know
if a pesticide is
restricted or permitted?

Read the label.

Common active ingredients
in most conventional
pesticides,
such as
2,4-D, Mecorprop,
Dicamba, Glyphosate,
Carbaryl
and Malathion
are now restricted
under the Bylaw."

BC's 39th bylaw community
(a precautionary one!)
City of Coquitlam
Pesticide Use Control
Bylaw info

April 23, 2012.

Also see City of Nanaimo's
"How to Read the Label".

Print "Pesticide Free" Poster

poster

Click on image
to print this poster.
Put it up in your
neighbourhood.

Together, let's make
BC pesticide free!

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.
Pesticides are Killers
Pesticides are products approved by Health Canada used to kill “pests” like weeds, insects, fungi and rodents. 

The word “cide” is Latin for kill.

Pesticides kill . . . that is what they are designed to do.

See top right sidebar "Carson was Right in 1962".

Landscaping Pesticides 
 
Four types of pesticide products are used in landscaping:
  • herbicides (for plants).
  • insecticides (for insects)
  • fungicides (for fungal diseases).
  • rodenticides (for rodents).
Products are sold as sprays, liquids, powders or mixed herbicide/fertilizer products (aka "Weed N Feed" where the "Weed" kills and the "Feed" fertilizes).

For general info about pesticides (including how they work), see BC's Ministry of Agriculture website.

So what are "cosmetic" pesticides?

Cosmetic pesticides are non-essential, highly toxic, traditional chemical products used to improve the appearance of landscapes . . .  our lawns, gardens, parks, school yards, playgrounds, sports fields and golf courses.


Traditional cosmetic pesticides are NOT necessary for beautiful, healthy, disease resistant landscapes as many low risk pesticides are widely available.


For Emergency Use Only
Over 20 years ago, the federal Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development recommended:
"Pesticide use should only be permitted in an emergency, such as a serious pest infestation which threatens the health of people and the environment."
See Pesticides, Making the right choice for the Protection of Health and the Environment May 2000. Section 12.8.


Rarely are lawn and garden pests a threat to human health or the environment!

Pesticides used to protect human health or used in agricultural or forestry industries are not considered to be  cosmetic.

Cosmetic Pesticides Banned in 7 Provinces
Because of concerns about adverse impacts on human health and the environment, seven provinces have taken action on the sale and use of traditional, highly toxic pesticides:

  • Nova Scotia 2011, Ontario 2009 and Quebec 2003 have protective, precautionary bans.

  • New Brunswick 2009 and Prince Edward Island 2010 have weak "bans" as continued use is allowed through many exemptions and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

  • Alberta's 2010 "ban" is only for Weed N Feeed 2,4-D products.

  • Newfoundland and Labrador's limited 2012 ban stopped the sale and use of 5 very toxic pesticide ingredients used on lawns in 2012: 2,4-D, carbaryl, dicamba, mecoprop and MCPA.

  • Manitoba announced in June 2013 that only Health Canada'a approved low risk, bio-agents will be allowed for sale or household use in that province by 2015.  See lower right sidebar "It's what's in the spray".
Products containing ingredients listed below are banned under most provincial bans and BC's 19 "better protection" municipal bylaws.  

Common Banned Pesticide Ingredients and Products*

Restricted Pesticide Ingredient*
Product Names*

Herbicides in weed control and Weed N Feed products

  2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic)
  Dicamba
  Mecoprop (MCPP)
  MCPA (2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid)

 

Killex
Later's Weed Stop
Par III
Trillion
WeedEx
Weed-B-Gone
Weed N Feed Products
Wilson Lawn WeedOut

Insecticide and plant growth regulator 

  Carbaryl  

  

Latox
Rose Doctor Insecticide and Fungicide
Sevin Garden Dust Insecticide
Sevimol
Wilson Earwig and Cutworm Destroyer

Broad spectrum, non-selective fungicide

  Chlorothalonil

Daconil
Nuocide
Nopocide
Rigo Exotherm

Weed control herbicide

  Dicamba

Banvel
Scott’s Pro-Turf
K-O-G

Broad spectrum, non-selective herbicide

  Glyphosate  

Later's Grass and Weed Killer
RoundUp
TotalEx Brush, Grass and Weed Killer
Touchdown
          *This is not a complete list of banned pesticide ingredients or products.

See right sidebars . . . "2,4-D is OK - PMRA", "2,4-D Bans", "Weed N Feed Bans" and "Why originally approved?".
 
What are You Using? 

Check out the ingredients in the pesticides you or your landscaper use by reading the product label.

Be aware that . . .

  • A label identifies active ingredients (what kills the "pest") under "GUARANTEE".

    Read the label to find out if your pesticide bylaw bans the use of the product. If an ingredient is banned, then you can't use it. See "Read Label Ingredients" left sidebar.

  • A label has info on how to use the product, known hazards and what to do in case of an accident.
  • A label does NOT identify inert or other ingredients that make a product useable (for adhering and penetrating).

    Manufacturers do not have to disclose "trade secret" info to Health Canada, although most competitors and scientists know what's "out there".

  • Don't assume undisclosed ingredients are harmless . . .  RoundUp's active ingredient glyphosate and the "inactive" surfactant polythoxylated tallowamine POEA (a chemical derived from animal fat) are known to be extremely toxic to fish and amphibians.

    In 2009, French scientists tested four different RoundUp formulations (all with POEA and glyphosate) at below recommended lawn and agricultural doses and found damage to human embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells that was reported as "astonishing".

For more label info, go to BC Ministry of Agriculture's website.

Educate yourself about what's in pesticides . . .
See left sidebars . . . "Low Risk Pesticides", "BC IPM Applicator Death" and "Ont Ban Reduces Risk".

For more info on . . .
  • For low risk pesticides and sustainable land care practices, click here.
  • Why Health Canada does not protect any Canadian, click here.
  • Why pesticide bylaws don't really protect BCers, click here.

  • For the more than 100 groups, organizations, local governments and school districts that have Pesticide Free initiatives throughout BC, click here.
  • Why BC needs a strong "no IPM" ban (like Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec) and why this won't happen under the BC Liberals, click here.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 10:21
 

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Carson was Right in 1962

In 1962, American scientist
Rachel Carson,
in her groundbreaking
"Silent Spring"
warned us
about pesticides.

Her haunting chemical world
observation was written
over 50 years ago:

"For the first time
in the history of the world,
every human being
is now subjected
to contact
with dangerous chemicals 
from the moment
of conception
until death."

Silent Spring 1962. p. 15.

"The cancers she suspected
were being caused,
we know
are being caused."

"Fifty years after publication
of Silent Spring,
it is ever more evident
the biologist understood
how serious the threats were.
"
Montreal Gazette
Deember 26, 2012.

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
Re-Evaluation
Decision.

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?

Weed N Feed Bans

Weed N Feed 
is a herbicide/fertilizer 
combination product 
with 3 active ingredients:
2,4-D
Dicamba
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?

Why originally approved?

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

It's what's in the spray

" 'It's not about to spray
or not to spray - -
it's what's in the spray.'

Only Health Canada
approved bio-agents
will be allowed
for sale or use."

Pesticide Ban coming in 2015
Winnipeg Sun
June 28, 2013 article quoting
Manitoba's Conservation and
Water Stewardship Minister
Gord Mackintosh
.