Keystone Agricultural Producers president Doug Chorney said a provincial ban on
cosmetic pesticide use could harm agricultural production.
The provincial government recently announced its intention to pass legislation this fall that would ban cosmetic pesticide use on lawns and green spaces beginning in 2014.
"The province has said that cosmetic pesticide products are used indiscriminately on lawns and green spaces, and while I have no data on this, I can positively tell you that this is not the case with agricultural use," said Chorney, in a news release.
"Crop protection products — herbicides for weeds, insecticides for insects, and fungicides for plant diseases — are used only when the pest reaches a level where it will result in significant crop loss," he added.
Chorney stressed that all crop protection products used by the agriculture industry have been registered by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Health Canada, and meet strict health and safety standards.
KAP is opposed to the cosmetic pesticide ban because it is concerned about weed spread onto agricultural lands and the potential need for additional herbicide use to control increased weed populations. Weeds growing in municipal ditches or on adjacent residential or commercial
properties could spread into farmer’s fields.
"We urge the province to ensure steps are put in place before 2014, when the ban comes into effect, in order to address landowners who do not control their weeds. This would include providing added resources for enforcement of the Noxious Weeds Act," he said.