Ad­vo­cacy group calls for broader N.L. pes­ti­cide ban

The Beacon (Gander) - - News - BY JAMES MCLEOD jm­cleod@thetele­gram.com

ST. JOHN’S, NL – The Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Physi­cians for the En­vi­ron­ment ( CAPE) is call­ing for a broader ban on cos­metic pes­ti­cides in the prov­ince, and it says the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans sup­port the idea.

Ac­cord­ing to CAPE, a re­cent Cor­po­rate Re­search As­so­ciates poll showed that 83 per cent of res­i­dents would sup­port a pol­icy where only a list of safe pes­ti­cides would be al­lowed.

More­over, the same poll showed that 87 per cent of re­spon­dents would favour re­stric­tions on the use of pes­ti­cides around schools, play­grounds and child care cen­tres.

“These are some of the high­est lev­els of con­cern that we have seen across the coun­try,” Ran­dall McQuaker, pes­ti­cides di­rec­tor for CAPE, stated in a news re­lease. “Clearly there is strong pub­lic sup­port for ac­tion by gov­ern­ment to re­strict cos­metic pes­ti­cides in New­found­land and Labrador.”

The prov­ince has al­ready par­tially banned the use of cos­metic pes­ti­cides. In 2011, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment an­nounced that five pes­ti­cides would be banned.

“We have lis­tened to the con­cerns raised by many in­di­vid­u­als and groups in the prov­ince, an­a­lyzed the re­search con­ducted by nu­mer­ous sources, looked at other ju­ris­dic­tions and, as a re­sult, will im­ple­ment a ban on cos­metic pes­ti­cides that are cur­rently be­ing used for lawn care,” then- en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Ross Wise­man said at the time.

How­ever, the ban af­fected only five spe­cific pes­ti­cide prod­ucts. CAPE would like to see a sys­tem where ev­ery­thing is banned, ex­cept for a list of ap­proved safe prod­ucts.

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