Preparing for a pesticide ban

January 08, 2009
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In 2008, both the Alberta and Ontario governments announced separate proposed plans to limit the use of cosmetic pesticides.

While the Alberta weed and feed ban won’t take affect until 2010, the Ontario government expects to have its cosmetic pesticide ban in place by spring of 2009.

Over the past few months, Ontarians were given until Dec. 22 to comment on the following areas in regards to the ban:
-the proposed list of products and ingredients to be banned for use
-the proposed list of products and ingredients to be banned or restricted for sale
-rules for pesticide use on golf courses
-the exceptions to the ban for public health or safety reasons.

The comments are now being reviewed and will help finalize a regulation to enforce the ban. The ban would eliminate the use of conventional pesticides for cosmetic purposes on lawns, gardens, schoolyards and parks. The Ontario government released the following comment via a press release: "We have heard from Ontarians on the draft regulation and are prepared to work with all partners to ensure an orderly implementation of the legislation in 2009," said Environment Minister John Gerretsen. "In particular, we are working with retailers to ensure that they will be able to comply with the tough sales ban aspect of the legislation."

So I wanted to ask you: how are you preparing for these proposed bans at your garden centre? What alternatives will you be offering your customers and how do you plan to educate customers about these alternatives? Are you concerned that your customers will seek out their pesticide products across the border?

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