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What is a Pest Control
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Urban Pesticides are
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Precautionary Principle and pesticides

The Benefits of Pesticides

What about banning
pesticides for "cosmetic"
or "non essential" uses


Integrated Pest
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Pesticides and Health
Concerns


What are inert ingredients in pesticide formulations

   
  What about banning pesticides for "cosmetic" or "non essential" uses?
 
 
 
Pest control products are important tools

The reduction or elimination in the availability of pesticides would significantly alter our approach to pest management and our way of life. Bans impede our ability to maintain a safe living environment.

Despite good intentions of Councillors, bans are not the answer and do not work. This is a flawed approach because even with the Supreme Court ruling on this issue, municipalities have no authority to ban the sale of these products. Municipalities dealing with this issue have resulted in a patchwork of decisions, with municipalities across Canada having different approaches. The time and effort expended on this issue is duplicative because Health Canada is responsible for regulation regarding these products. Taxpayers should not have to pay for this redundancy.

Aside from adding value to property, many of the same products used on lawns, golf courses and in agricultural crops are also used to control termites, rodents in restaurants, fleas and ticks on pets, algae in swimming pools and fungi, like mildew, in our household paints. Pesticides contribute to the health and safety of all Canadians. In fact, because of their exposure to the environment, pesticides are more rigorously tested for environmental impact than the pharmaceutical drugs used to protect people's health.

The term "cosmetic use" often implies that pesticides associated with lawn and garden care serve only an aesthetic purpose. However, as detailed previously, there are bona fide benefits to community health and the environment from the use of pest control products. Health Canada's PMRA requires pesticide manufacturers to demonstrate value before they can be registered. As well, Health Canada has established use site categories to cover all possible use areas and none use the terms "cosmetic" or "non-essential" because indeed all uses are required to show value or they will not registered.


What are alternatives?

If all pesticides must be registered by Health Canada before they can be used in Canada, then what is meant by an alternative?

Some suggest that municipalities, homeowners and lawn care workers use alternatives that are not registered for legal use in Canada. These so-called alternative products and methods are not only illegal but they have not been tested for environmental and health impacts.

Cities that draft pesticide regulation bylaws, in many cases, do so because they are pressured to take some action and unfortunately this can lead to completely eliminating the use of legally permissible and regulated pesticides.

Efficient ways of approaching pest management are of primary concern to the manufacturers, as well as the users, of pesticides. The Integrated Pest Management principles, discussed previously, are proven and take into consideration, environmental impact, site characteristics, and public health and safety.

Municipalities generally have underestimated the requirement for adjustment in budgets, and open spaces/park management practices if pesticides are eliminated from their toolkits. Plant Health Care (PHC) and Integrated Pesticide Management (IPM) have been around for years, but few municipalities have the budgets to support such programs to the extent required to eliminate or set up trace amount use of pesticides.





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