Leaked Liberal pesticide plan - bad public policy, says CropLife Canada

    TORONTO, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - The Ontario Liberals' leaked election promise to
ban the use of lawn and garden pest control products on a province-wide basis
would be both unnecessary and costly if it were to become law, says CropLife
    "Banning lawn and garden products, which are already thoroughly
scrutinized and regulated at the federal and provincial levels, would be an
extremely expensive and an wholly unnecessary exercise," said Peter MacLeod,
Managing Director CropLife Canada.
    "This is purely about politics, not sound public policy." MacLeod noted
that all pest control products are stringently regulated by Health Canada's
Pest Management Regulatory Agency, which carefully reviews the health and
environmental safety of all products before they can be sold or used in
    Every pest control product must undergo extensive testing including short
and long-term health effects, any potential to be cancer causing, or impacts
on human reproduction. All possible effects on humans, animals, birds and fish
are considered, as are any potential health risks to the environment or the
public, including pesticide applicators or bystanders.
    Furthermore, scientists and regulators apply additional safety margins to
protect the health of more vulnerable people such as children and the elderly.
No pesticide is allowed to be used in Canada if it causes any unacceptable
risk to human health or the environment.
    "It makes no sense to have politicians override the science-based
regulatory regime for pest control products and deprive the public access to
beneficial products," said MacLeod. "With all due respect to Premier McGuinty,
I would rather have Health Canada scientists in charge of decisions on
pesticide use than him."
    "How many millions of dollars will this election promise cost Ontario
taxpayers? Why would they stop someone from trying to combat ragweed in
Kingston or Kenora? How will they prevent grubs from destroying our lawns or
protecting our green spaces, which provide clean air, reduce erosion and cool
our environment?" MacLeod asked. "Ontarians deserve to have access to these
beneficial tools that have been tested, evaluated and registered through
Canada's strong regulatory system."
    Banning pesticides is an anti-science solution that would be costly to
enforce, and provides no additional public health benefits. Focusing on
continuous risk reduction, through strategies such as Integrated Pest
Management -- using the right tool, at the right time, in the right place, in
the right way -- is a more responsible public policy decision.

    CropLife Canada is the trade association representing the manufacturers,
developers and distributors of plant science innovations -- pest control
products and plant biotechnology -- for use in agriculture, urban and public
health settings.

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For further information: To set up an interview with Peter MacLeod,
please contact: Kristina Fixter, CropLife Canada, (416) 622-9771, or

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