The Province of Manitoba has announced legislation to prohibit the use of cosmetic pesticides, but there is still work to be done. The Industry is likely lobbying the government to delay or reduce the effectivness of the legislation. We need to let the Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship, Gord Mackintosh, know that Manitobans want a ban.
Cosmetic pesticides are those chemicals used merely to maintain an appearance of a lawn or garden. Their purpose is not to protect public health or prevent invasive species from spreading, which makes exposure to these chemicals an unnecessary risk.
Cosmetic pesticide use has been linked to a great variety of health concerns such as cancer, respiratory diseases, and developmental problems in children, to name a few. Cosmetic pesticide use is also harmful to waterways, beneficial insects, wildlife and our pets.
Even when used following directions and under proper conditions these chemicals can pose health risks. Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Manitoba strongly recommends the Province of Manitoba follow the lead of Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and hundreds of other municipalities and prevent the sale and use of cosmetic pesticides to protect our health and our environment.
July 31, 2013
Honourable Gord Mackintosh
Room 330, Legislative Building
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0V8
Dear Minister Mackintosh:
I am writing to voice my strong support for a ban on cosmetic pesticides in Manitoba. Such a move is necessary to protect the health of Manitobans and to prevent harm to the environment. Thank you for agreeing to implement a strong ban on these harmful chemicals.
Please don't allow industry to influence your decision, they are concerned with profits, those who support a ban are concerned about people, especially our children.
Thank you for your attention to this important issue, which will allow Manitoba to become a leader in the west by protecting the health of its inhabitants and environment.