Use of pes­ti­cides: Sher­brooke prefers a pro­gres­sive ap­proach

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke

Deter­minedto en­sure an in­creas­ingly health­ier and greener en­vi­ron­ment to its pop­u­la­tion, the City of Sher­brooke will grad­u­ally de­crease the use of all but low-im­pact pes­ti­cides.

Mem­bers of the City Coun­cil agreed to this mea­sure that also in­cludes con­sul­ta­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion with lawn main­te­nance busi­nesses.

It is be­lieved that avail­able tox­i­co­log­i­cal stud­ies sup­port the de­ci­sion to pro­tect the health of chil­dren and adults, es­pe­cially when pes­ti­cides are used for aes­thetic rea­sons.

Other cities such as Mon­tréal and Ma­gog have al­ready de­cided to ban all but low-im­pact pes­ti­cides and biopes­ti­cides, and cit­i­zens greeted this de­ci­sion pos­i­tively. How­ever, Sher­brooke prefers a grad­ual ap­proach to al­low for at­ti­tudes to evolve.

Cur­rent pes­ti­cide by-laws can be con­sulted at www.sher­brooke. ca/pes­ti­cides.

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