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Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced a four-point strategy on June 28 to ban chemical lawn pesticides in Manitoba.

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Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced a four-point strategy on June 28 to ban chemical lawn pesticides in Manitoba. Photo Store

The Manitoba government plans to ban the use of synthetic lawn pesticides effective in 2015. This story was sure to root out a few commenters.

 

The ban should apply to everyone, including golf courses, agricultural lands, gardens and sod farms. What good will it do if only certain areas are targeted?

-- beetle

 

I tried the natural stuff. Two-three times the price and doesn't work. But it's OK -- it's probably time to pave the lawn anyway.

-- southonesixty

 

We're going to relandscape with stone and rock features, no grass at all. Problem solved, and it will still give the curmudgeon across the street something to complain about. I'd hate to leave her out of the equation. There are several homes in our neighbourhood (not to mention city properties) where there is no weed control whatsoever. It's really about esthetics; perhaps it's time to shift our tastes from expanses of green grass to something else. And while we're at it, let's stop attacking each other and come up with a viable common solution.

-- 23724727

 

Good! We don't need cancer-causing chemicals all over the place. Kids and animals play there. We replaced a large section of grass along the side of our house with rock. Place down some rock salt on top. It blends in well and keeps anything from growing. And it's all natural.

-- drbdc

 

Sure, Libertarian, blame it on the NDP; perhaps you didn't know that Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, New Brunswick, P.E.I., Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador already have restrictions in place and that the B.C. government is currently reviewing "new statutory protections to further safeguard our environment from cosmetic chemical pesticides".

Go ahead and cling to your chemical poisons while the rest of the world passes you by.

-- 23698142

 

A couple of our neighbours are already not using herbicides and their yards look terrible. It actually looks pretty stupid watching them mow weeds. What a waste of gas.

Their yards detract from the surrounding yards. Most of us try to keep our yards decent-looking.

I think one of the neighbours has some bedding plants but they can barely be seen for the thistles in the garden.

Yeah, it is a real treat to look at these yards. Makes me wish it would snow.

-- emcee51

 

This should have been in effect a long time ago. Dandelions last for such a short period of time and if you don't use pesticides they are certainly edible.

Most people don't realize how long these chemicals persist in the environment. If I were to offer anyone a glass of water that has a drop or two of weed killer in it, would you drink it? Of course not. So why would you apply a pesticide to your lawn? That goes directly into our water table that we use to bathe and cook in and drink. And there is no water filtration anywhere in the world that removes pharmaceuticals, chemicals etc. I for one am tired of trying to keep up with trying to live healthy while chemical companies are making huge profits, exposing people to cancers and creating superbugs that require stronger and stronger chemicals. It's time this happened. The science speaks loud and clear, it's time we listened.

-- 29065849

 

I don't think anyone in this province, especially you fools that follow these NDP mouth-breathers like the blind are capable of thinking on your own. The NDP shovels it in and you rubes eat it right up.

-- Libertarian4life

 

So agricultural use on hundreds of thousands of acres won't pollute the environment or reach the water table, or run off into streams and lakes and kill us, but use on, by comparison, miniscule lawn areas is an environmental and health catastrophe?

Look at the bigger picture and focus on reality. What effect will removing a few grains of sand have on the beach?

-- Gord Richardson

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 7, 2013 A10

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