The Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides- Newfoundland and Labrador (CAP-NL) hopes you will support a province wide ban on cosmetic pesticide use in Newfoundland and Labrador. Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, P.E.I., Nova Scotia and dozens of municipalities in Canada have banned lawn care pesticides but our provincial government still permits their sale and use. Known to cause childhood cancers, reproductive and neurological problems and fatalities in pets, pesticides pose a risk to health that far outweighs the look of a nice lawn. Even if you do not use pesticides, your neighbour or landlord may be doing so and the government of Newfoundland and Labrador requires that only residents in a 15 meter radius be notified when spraying will occur! There are many organic lawn care methods that are easy to implement and do not involve large amounts of chemicals entering the air and water. Please stay tuned to sign a petition that will be delivered to Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Health and to find out about a public forum you can attend in St. John’s.
photo credit: Vince Alonghi