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Pesticide ban creating false sense of security

Don't be fooled by the pesticide ban. Your garden is still being sprayed with toxic pesticides.

In 2011, the province announced a pesticide ban; this has since given Newfoundlander's a false sense of security when it comes to lawn care and treatment.

While the province banned the use of five active ingredients on residential lawns, hundreds of toxic pesticides still remain available for use.

As a part of the changes in legislation that benefit the pesticide companies, warning signs are no longer needed to be placed on lawns sprayed with some pesticides, the dangers still remain and now there is no warning for those with allergies and sensitivities ... that is, until the offensive toxin hits you in the face.

Recently, I was told by a neighbour that a pesticide company assured them there is a pesticide ban, so "nothing toxic" can be used on their lawn or trees.

While banning five pesticide ingredients is a good start, this "ban" has given a major false sense of security and has enabled companies to lie to customers about the dangers of what may be sprayed on their lawns.

Pesticides such as glycophosphate-based ones (Roundup) still have numerous health risks.

The negative impacts caused by these pesticides often manifest slowly and continue to worsen as inflammation takes over in every cell of the body. You may not see health problems right away, but things will get worse as time passes.

Is your lawn worth your health? When hiring a lawn-care company be sure to ask the right questions. After all, they are selling you their product, so don't believe the "it's safe because we have a ban" line. Ask for the trade name and active ingredients for any product being applied to your lawn.

Ask for the material safety data sheet and label and read it before ever paying a company to apply who the heck knows what to your lawn.

You just may be paying to make your family sick.

Judie Squires

Portugal Cove-St. Philip's

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