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Pesticide Debate on TV

Last week I was asked by New Hampshire Public Television to participate in a live "debate" about the bill that would study the impact of a pesticide ban in that state. The legislator who sponsored the controversial bill HB 1456 is on the show, along with the commissioner of the department of Agriculture, who is most definitely against the bill, and a Cooperative Extension agent who is somewhat on the fence. ...

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Canada to Ban All Weed ‘N Feed Nationwide

Stating "pesticides should only be used when and where there is a need," Health Canada — the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — announced Feb. 2 that it plans to ban the sale and application of all weed 'n feed type products across Canada. The new regulations will come into effect at the end of 2012. Though more than half of Canada has already banned such products at the provi ...

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Nova Scotia Considers Pesticide Ban

With several other Canadian provinces having already banned most lawn and garden pesticides, Nova Scotia opened a public comment period, as reported today in the local newspaper: http://www.halifaxnewsnet.ca/index.cfm?sid=316370 ...

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32nd New Jersey Town Restricts Pesticides

I hope the rest of the nation is taking note. As chronicled by our friends at Beyond Pesticides, another New Jersey town is taking the proactive step of banning lawn and garden pesticides around schools and daycare centers: www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=2570. No matter where else you live in the country, please take this information to your municipal leaders and get them to pay attention! ...

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Understanding State Preemption Laws

We've posted information here before about state preemption laws that inhibit the rights of cities and towns when it comes to regulating fertilizers and pesticides. In the words of our friends at Beyond Pesticides, "In general terms, preemption refers to the ability of one level of government to override laws of a lower level. While local governments once had the ability to restrict the use, sales and distr ...

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Canadian Pesticide Bans: And Then There were Four?

As reported here on our first post back in June, the province of New Brunswick in Canada plans to ban the use of cosmetic pesticides such as 2,4-D later this year. Now it appears a fourth province may be set to follow suit. If British Columbia were to ban these products, that would essentially tie up more than 80 percent of the major population centers of Canada under the umbrella of pesticide restrictions. ...

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