The grass used to be greener…

… before pesticide bans. And shockingly, rather than basing those bans on science, it seems that environmentalists may have intentionally misled the public:

A group representing dozens of lawn care companies trying to bring charges against Ontario’s environment minister and senior bureaucrats over the province’s controversial pesticide ban is now calling for charges against 23 activists.

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The activists worked with the Ontario government to ban pesticides using alleged false and misleading information to undermine the industry, Lowes said.

The documents filed on Tuesday allege the activists knowingly presented false and misleading information about the health and environmental risks associated with pesticide products, knowingly misled the public, lawn care industry and government officials, and impeded access to Health Canada approved pesticide products through fraudulent means.

I try to be environmentally friendly. I have used pesticides on rare occasions to deal with weed or bug infestations. When I need to. And I dislike the fact that my right to do so has been taken away from me by so-called environmentalists based on their need to tell others how to behave, rather than on any actual scientific facts.

I would appreciate it if these do-gooders would sit downand shut the hell up, and stick to actual facts. And if it takes a court to make that happen, then so be it. And I would appreciate the government sticking to science as well, rather than pandering for a few votes. Perhaps I’m asking far too much. But at least it’s a start.

Tip of the hat to small dead animals.

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3 thoughts on “The grass used to be greener…

  1. I very much agree with your final two paragraphs. I feel I could have written them.

    However, the false and misleading information appears to be as simple as attaching someone’s name to a report who wasn’t aware his name would be used. If the court challenge works, this is the equivalent of getting off on a technicality.

  2. I am pleased that your right to put pesticides on your lawn has been taken away. Even if pesticides have not been proven to be unsafe, I have a hard time believing they have been proven to be safe.

    I am also pleased that it is winter and I don’t have to weed my lawn.

  3. That’s the difference between people like you and people like me Steve. I wouldn’t be pleased with any of your rights being taken away, even if you don’t elect to use them.

    I wouldn’t take away your rights because I have a hard time believing something. Because it isn’t what I believe that matters; it’s facts. Now show me any scientific studies that show a causal link with pesticides and I’ll happily admit I was wrong.

    I believe that driving is dangerous. Shall we take away your right to drive? How do we draw the line? Based on what I believe?

    Do you believe that using cell phones while driving causes more accidents? Makes sense right? So let’s make it illegal. Only that it turns out that it doesn’t make a difference (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123084040 ).

    Before we take away any more rights, perhaps we could look at the facts, rather than the feelings.

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