Scare Tactic: Green Industry Attempts Witch Hunt Lawsuit
In an effort to scare the bejeezus out of any would-be anti-pesticide activists, the lawn care industry has hired a public relations firm that is slapping punitive lawsuits on politicians and activists alike in Canada.
It’s hard to imagine how the lawsuits will stand — since the Supreme Court of Canada has already ruled that the little town of Hudson, Quebec, had the right to ban lawn pesticides. That town, of course, is featured in our movie, A Chemical Reaction.
But the lawn care industry has been successful grabbing headlines in Canada in the past week: http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100128/pesticide_court_100128/20100128/?hub=TorontoNewHome. The debate about the validity of these bans continues.
I’m just moments from going up on stage in Madison, Wisconsin at the Midwest Organic Lawn & Landscape Conference and my topic is Trends in Pesticide Legislation. Yesterday, during the first day of the conference, I was immediately confronted by the owner of a chemical lawn care franchise. He claimed that Roundup “has been tested since the cows came home” and is safe, and that 2,4-D just passed a new round of regulations at the EPA, so it was obviously fine, too.
The lesson here, obviously, is that the lawn care industry will never, ever, give up their pesticides without a major fight. Any and all tactics are fair game.