Open your Mind

Minds are
like parachutes -
they only function 
when open.

Sir Thomas Robert Dewar
1864 – 1930.

BC Govt Promotes IPM

"Safe.
Effective.
Responsible.
Ask about IPM."

BC Ministry of Environment
brochure and website.

Also see Ministry's
Aug 22, 2011 presentation
to Special Committee
on Cosmetic Pesticides
and Hansard record
of supplemental
Jan 25, 2012 presentation.

No IPM - Cancer Society

"Integrated Pest Management
(IPM) is Not the Answer.

IPM sounds reasonable,
but in practice
does not work
as its principles are vague
and open to interpretation.

IPM cannot be considered
an appropriate part
of a comprehensive ban
to eliminate
cosmetic pesticide use,
because IPM
still uses pesticides."

Canadian Cancer Society
BC and Yukon
Nov 8, 2011 Presentation
to BC Legislative Cttee.
See Slide 11.

Redefining Nova Scotia

"Now, Nova Scotia residents
can only use
pesticides such as
Roundupand Sevin
on lawns
and ornamental plants
if they're trying
to eradicate
an invasive species
such as Japanese knotwood,
posionous plants
such as poison ivy,
insects that
cause
structural damage
such as carpenter ants,
or insects that can be
a health concern
such as European fire ants.  

. . . The new ban is
more about educating
Nova Scotians
about the potential
health implications
(to humans,
animals and plants)
of applying
cosmetic pesticides
to get a lawn
that looks
like a golf course
or a garden
that looks
like the cover
of a seed catalogue.

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.

Low Risk Pesticides

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

Pesticides are Everywhere!

"Many people do not realize
how commonly
these toxic chemicals
are used, but,
they are applied on
school grounds, 
sports fields,
golf courses, parks,
playgrounds, 
and on
private lawns and gardens."

Sustainable Environment 
Network Society 
S.E.N.S. Vernon.

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.
Sustainable Pesticide Free Organic Land Care
The chemical landscaping industry's over-use and abuse of poisonous, non-essential chemical products has become "normal" lawn and garden care.

As individuals (and as a Province), we need to "get it" that . . .
  • An occasional weed is a sign of a healthy landscape.
  • Our lawns are NOT golf courses.
  • We need to grow chemical-free lawns and plants that can live in our different geographical regions.
  • We need to get our lawns and gardens off chemical drugs and practice sustainable land care.

The BC Government (and many local governments) need to "get it" and . . .
  • Stop promoting "pest management" and "plant health".
  • Start promoting sustainable, low risk landscaping practices and ban cosmetic pesticide use.
  • Start encouraging BCers to open our minds and help BC become "pesticide free".

It is easy to be "pesticide free" and practice sustainable land care . . .
To get going, you can . . . 

Maintain a healthy lawn and garden that are disease-resistant and pest-free.
  • For tips on healthy, sustainable lawn care, click here.
  • For tips on healthy, sustainable garden care, click here.
Find out what plant species are suitable for your community and plant them. Do not assume that your local nursery plants are suitable, or "hardy",  for your local growing conditions.

Find like-minded people
by checking out Pesticide Free supporters throughout BC.

Go to local events.
These are a great way to meet like-minded gardeners and learn more about sustainable approaches for your area . . .  
  • The Earthwise Society has numerous Pesticide Free initiatives, including their educational organic garden and farm store in Boundary Bay, near Tsawwassen.
  • BC's Gaia College holds numerous organic land care and certification courses throughout BC.

    See "Gaia's 'Cultivating' Events" right sidebar for more on their 2011 courses and events.
  • Seedy Saturdays are a terrific way to find out what grows best in your area (and what’s going on).
  • The "grown in BC" Society for Organic Urban Land Care (SOUL) helps individuals, landscape professionals and communities transition to organic land care practices through education, certification and standardization.

    For more on how to "Get 'SOUL' in Your Yard", see right sidebar.
  • Vancouver’s UBC Farm hosts sustainable community events.
Use existing educational info . . . 
  • BC has some exceptional municipal programs . . . see left sidebar "PF Municipal Programs". For complete list, click here.
  • Avoid "plant health" programs as these promote IPM and are usually in communities that allow continued pesticide use on public and private lands. 

    "Pesticide free" programs are healthier and safer for children, pets and the environment.
Do your own online research. You may be surprised at the Pesticide Free info at your finger tips. Here are some online links to get you going . . .
Go organic . . . the White House family has.
  • Educate yourself about "green washing" when selecting plants, fertilizers and other landscaping products.

    There are no labeling standards for “natural”, “organic” or “green”. Read the ingredients to know what you are buying.

    Home Depot and Rona do not sell cosmetic pesticides in some BC stores and have less toxic products.
  • Choose "certified organic" products. There are certification standards for these products, guaranteed to be chemical-free.

    Use the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) to find these products.
  • Be wary of municipal compost programs . . . you may be unwittingly using toxic compost from lawns and gardens that used cosmetic pesticides.

    Heat, biological decay and time do NOT remove concentrated toxins.

    If your municipal compost (and any other source) is not tested and certified organic, don’t use it. Make your own – you’ll know it’s not contaminated.
Check out these sources (if you haven't already!) . . .
 Check out these helpful references . . . 
  1. Allen, Will. The War On Bugs. 2008.
  2. Bradley, Fern Marshall, Barbara W. Ellis and Ellen Phillips, ed. Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Green Resource for Every Gardener. 2009.
  3. Canadian Organic Grower.
  4. Cullen, Mark. The Canadian Garden Primer. 2008.
  5. Dell, Owen. Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies. 2009.
  6. Denckla, Tanya. The Gardener’s A - Z Guide to Growing Organic Food: 765 Varieties of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruit and Nuts. 2003.
  7. Ellis, Barbara W. Ellis and Fern M. Bradley, ed. The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect & Disease Control: A Complete Problem-Solving Guide to Keeping Your Garden and Yard Healthy Without Chemicals. 1996.
  8. Franklin, Stuart. Building a healthy lawn. A safe and natural approach. 1988.
  9. Hermary, Heide. The Essence of Organic Gardening. Seeing and Doing Things Differently and Inspirational Handbook For Ecologically Conscious Gardeners. 2008. 
  10. Herriot, Carolyn. A Year on the Garden Path: A 52 Week Organic Gardening Guide. 2005.
  11. Herriot, Carolyn. The Zero-Mile Diet A Year-Round Guide to Growing Organic Food. 2010.
  12. Lopez, Andrew. Natural Pest Control: Alternatives to Chemicals for the Home and Garden. 2003.
  13. Miller, Elizabeth. Pests: A Practical Guide to Natural Management of Garden Pests – from Borers and Nematodes to Rabbit and Deer. 2000.
  14. Nancarrow, Loren and Janet Hogan. Dead Daisies Make Me Crazy: Garden Solutions Without Chemical Pollution. 2000.
  15. Nancarrow, Loren and Janet Hogan. Dead Snails Leave No Trails: Natural Pest Control for Home and Garden. 1996.
  16. Organic Gardening.
  17. Peters, Laura. Organic Gardening for Canada. 2010.
  18. Primeau, Liz. Front Yard Gardens. Growing More Than Grass. 2008.
  19. Roberts, Tom. 100% Natural Organic Pest Control for Home and Garden. 2003.
  20. Rubin, Carole. How to Get Your Lawn & Garden Off Drugs: A Basic Guide to Pesticide-Free Gardening in North America. 2003.
  21. Rubin, Carole. How to Get Your Lawn Off Grass: a North American Guide to Turning off the Water Tap and Going Native. 2002.
  22. Schultz, Warren. A Man’s Turf: The Perfect Lawn. 2000.
  23. Schultz, Warren. Natural Pest Control: Alternatives to Chemicals for the Home and Garden. 1990.
  24. Schultz, Warren. Ed. The Ecological Gardener’s Guide to Foiling Pests by Brooklyn Botanic Garden. 2001.
  25. Seymour, John. The New Self-Sufficient Gardener The Complete Illustrated Guide to Planning, Growing, Storing and Preserving Your Own Garden Produce. 2008.
  26. Spiegleman, Anne. Talking Dirt. The Dirt Diva's Down-to-Earth Guide to Organic Gardening. 2010.
  27. Tvedten, Steve. www.thebestcontrol.com
  28. Tukey, Paul. The Organic Lawn - Care Manual: An All Natural Low Maintenance System for a Safe and Beautiful Yard. 2007.

Check out the six other topics in this section including  . . . 

  • For tips for a healthy and sustainable garden, click here.
  • For tips for a healthy and sustainable lawn, click here.
  • For over 100 Pesticide Free initiatives in BC, click here.
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No Ban for BC

"The majority
of the committee
does not think
the scientific evidence,
at this time,
warrants
an outright ban."

Don't ban cosmetic pesticides, B.C. MLAs recommend
May 17 2012
CBC News Post.

See Special Committee
on Cosmetic Pesticides
May 17, 2012 News Release
and Report.

See Clark Government's
February 20, 2013
minor legislative changes
for mandatory IPM
on residential lawns
. . . the only action
taken by the Liberals.

The sale and use of
cosmetic pesticides
will not be banned in BC.

Premier Breaks Ban Promise

“It’s hard to imagine
how the premier
could believe
that
these dangerous pesticides
increase the likelihood
of
childhood cancer
and do so little
to prevent
unnecessary exposure
to them.”

Premier breaks promise
to protect children
and the environment
from cosmetic pesticides.


Rob Fleming, New Democrat
Environment critic
February 21, 2013 Release.

Gaia's "Cultivating" Events

BC's Gaia College 
wants to get 
our lawns & gardens 
off chemicals 
and help BCers practice
organic land care.

2013 courses on 
organic land care,
master gardening  
and 
growing food "in the City"
are available
throughout BC . . .
including Burnaby,
Duncan, Qualicum Beach, 
Tofino, Vancouver
and Victoria.

For details,
including new on-line
organic soil, turf and
tree management courses,
click here.  

To include your community,
contact Gaia
and help "cultivate" 
an organic, 
pesticide free BC!

Get "SOUL" in Your Yard

The Society
for Organic Urban Land Care
(SOUL)
promotes and supports
organic practices
in BC communities
through education,
workshops, certification
and standardization.
 
Get "SOUL" in your 
yard and garden 
and use their 
three free ebooks . . . 

"Practical Tips for
Organic Gardeners",
"Products for
Organic Gardeners"
and
"Soil Testing for
Organic Gardeners".
For more on this
"grown in BC" organization,
click here
.

CropLife Writes Michelle

On March 26, 2009,
CropLife staff
wrote
Mrs Barack Obama,
encouraging her
to use
"crop protection"
products
on
the White House’s
new organic garden.

It’s worth reading
CropLife's letter.

Is Your Sign Up?

Is your Pesticide Free
sign up?

Your neighbours need 
to know
your lawn is safe
for their children and pets.

To get a sign, 
contact your Cancer Society's Community Action Coordinator, 

Golf can be Green

“The goal of the
Organic Golf Project
is to prove
that golf courses 
can be maintained
organically,
and thereby 
demonstrate
that all turf
can be maintained
without
chemical pesticides.”

The Neighbourhood Network Organic Golf Project website.

Golf will Survive Bans

". . . the reality is that
there was golf
before pesticides.

Bobby Jones founded
the Masters prior
to the arrival
of 2,4-D.

Rest assured
there will be golf
when
many of today's
synthetic chemical
pesticides
are gone."

"Safe Lawns Urges
Pesticide Reduction in
British Columbia."

SafeLawns.org
March 7, 2013 blog.