Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Research Shows Climate Change Will Increase Exposure to Pesticides...
(Beyond Pesticides, January 6, 2009) According to a new studypublished December 10, 2008 in the online edition of EnvironmentalHealth Perspectives, climate change is likely to increase humanexposure to agricultural contaminants, including pesticides. Risks ofmany pathogens, particulate and particle-associated contaminants couldincrease significantly. The study, “Impacts of Climate Change onIndirect Human Exposure to Pathogens and Chemicals from Agriculture,”examines pathogens and chemicals in the environment and their fate andtransport.
The researchers determined the potential implication of climate changeon chemical and pathogen inputs in agricultural systems and exploredthe effects of climate change on environmental transport and fate ofdifferent contaminants. These data were combined to assess theimplications of climate change in terms of indirect human exposure topathogens and chemicals in agricultural systems.
The study concludes that climate change will result in an increase inrisks of pathogens andchemicals from agriculture to human health. It will fuel increased useof pesticides and biocides as farming practices intensify. Increaseduse will lead to increased exposure through food air and water, aswell as increased occupational exposure for farmworkers. Extremeweather events will mobilize contaminants from soils and fecal matter,potentially increasing their bioavailability.
According to the researchers, climate change will also affect the fateand transport of pathogens and chemical contaminants in agriculturalsystems. While increases in temperature and changes in moisturecontent are likely to reduce the persistence of chemicals andpathogens while changes in hydrological characteristics are likely toincrease the potential for contaminants to be transported to watersupplies.
This study follows new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchshows weeds flourishing from increasing levels of carbon dioxide inthe atmosphere. Lewis Ziska, PhD, and his team of researchers, havefound “noxious” weeds to be more adaptable to changing conditions thancrops, predicting further growth of their productivity and range inurban and rural areas. Previous research by Dr. Ziska shows thatcommon pollen allergens - including the troublesome ragweed pollen -may be getting worse as a result of global climate change.
While solving climate change will require action on many fronts,including carbon-free energy, reduced energy consumption and increasedefficiency, organic agriculture is also part of the solution. Theadoption of organic methods, particularly no-till organic, is anopportunity for farming both to mitigate agriculture’s contributionsto climate change and to cope with the effects climate change has hadand will have on agriculture. Good organic practices can both reducefossil fuel use and provide carbon sequestration in the soil throughincreased soil organic carbon (SOC). Higher SOC levels then increasefertility and the soil’s ability to endure extreme weather years.Organic agriculture relies on non-chemical ways of maintainingfertility, managing pests and controlling weeds, thus eliminating theneed for synthetic fertilizers and toxic pesticides. The RodaleInstitute estimates that converting one 320-acre farm to organicmethods is equivalent to removing 117 cars from the road.
How Many Pets Are Poisoned by Lawn Pesticides?
A new Web site allows veterinarians to report and track pesticidepoisonings so dogs, cats and other pets can be better protected.
People for Safe Drinking Water Bulletin #21 January 5, 2009
Mission: To educate and promote safety in drinking water.
Goals: We strive towards the removal of harmful elements in ourdrinking water and wish to drive public policy towards higherstandards of water purity and safety.
Values: We value the integrity of our public water supplies, and thehealth and well-being of all individuals and our environment.
Happy New Year!
1. Take Charge of Toxics Campaign
2. Queensland, Australia initiates class action.
1. Take Charge of Toxics Campaign
Sample Letter for Premier Dalton McGuinty, Minister of Health,Minister of Environment, Minister of Natural Resources, MPPs, Ministerof Health Promotion, Minister of Labourdmcguinty.firstname.lastname@example.org, David.Caplan@ontario.ca,Laura.Belfie@ontario.ca, email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
As you may be aware, the Government of Ontario has committed toreducing toxic chemicals in Ontario by implementing Toxic UseReduction legislation.The Take Charge of Toxics Campaign gives citizens the opportunity toraise the issues of Artificial Water Fluoridation. http://www.takechargeontoxics.ca/
REDUCE the release of toxic chemicals in our drinking water bystopping artificial water fluoridation. This will also reduce thehealth harm and the environmental harm.
* Artificial water fluoridation is the single largest source offluorides therefore artificial water fluoridation represents thesingle largest cause of fluoride disease (dental, skeletal, softtissue).
* Clearly the simplest way of reducing the prevalence of fluorosis inchild populations is to cease to fluoridate community water supplies."
Source: Michele Giddings, Manager of the Water Quality andScience Division in the Water Quality and Health Bureau, HealthyEnvironments & Consumer Safety Branch, Health Canada, Health Canada'sSecretariat for the Federal/Provincial/Territorial committee onDrinking Water, Co-ordinator of the Disinfectants and Disinfection By-products Working Group for the World Health Organization's Guidelinesfor Drinking Water Quality, ODWAC – Ontario Advisory Council onDrinking Water Quality and Testing Standards, affidavit, Exhibit 15,pg.151.
REPLACE toxic chemicals where a safer alternative exist.
* Replace artificial water fluoridation which is not effectivewith topical applications which may be effective. (JADA July 2000Cover Story)
RESTRICT toxic chemicals.
* Restrict use of fluoridated dental products - children underthe age of 6 should not use them, according to Health Canada.
REVEAL to citizens that we are using CEPA-designated toxic substancesand Environment Canada-designated hazardous waste in our drinkingwater – not pharmaceutical grade fluoride. These toxic substancesnever been toxicologically tested for safety according to HealthCanada, US FDA, US EPA, NSF International.
REPORT the total fluoride burden of citizens from all sources, asrequired by the WHO.
Ontario has the opportunity to be a leader in reducing toxic chemicalsand spur innovation through green jobs and green chemistry.
2. Queensland, Australia files legal notice.
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE USE2 January 2009
MINISTERS FORCED TO BE ACCOUNTABLE
Three Queensland government Ministers - the Premier, Anna Bligh andthe Ministers for Health and Water are being forced to change orjustify their decision to add toxins - including from sewerage andfluoride to Queenslanders¹ drinking water.
Two groups opposed to artificial water fluoridation, the Peoples ClassAction group and Queenslanders for Safe Water, have today served legalnotice on Ministers Craig Wallace and Stephen Robertson in the form ofmore than 600 individual letters from people demanding their rightsunder the Judicial Review Act.
The letters request the Ministers to properly investigate thescientific evidence, including more than 200 pages of references toscientific and other evidence attached to the letters, and then make adecision to recommend to the cabinet the repeal of the legislationenabling the addition of fluoride or sewerage water toxins to thepublic water supply.
Should this request not be complied with, the letters then invoke theprovisions of the Judicial Review Act 1991 to require WrittenStatements of Reasons for the failure to do as requested. Each lettermust be fully and personally answered within 28 days.
This tactic by law requires answers. Unlike petitions, whichpoliticians notoriously ignore, the Law mandates that the Ministersmust provide answers, and if the answers are not forthcoming, the twogroups promise to drag the Ministers into the Supreme Court and forcethem to justify their refusal to recommend to cabinet and theParliament, the repeal of the fluoride and recycled water legislation.
Spokesperson Bruce Bell said : " The Supreme Court would be forced todeclare the Ministers' decisions invalid in Law. And that would be afirst for the people and real democracy in action."
For further information, contact:
Bruce Bell, phone 0412 463 777.Brian McDermott, People¹s Class Action Trust, Ph:07 3716 0309Merilyn Haines, Queenslanders for Safe Water & Food, Ph: 3879 1080
===============================Warning Industry Propaganda Below===============================
Tue 06 Jan 2009
BY - MONTE SONNENBERG
Ontarians caught a rare break last month when Premier Dalton McGuintypassed on an opportunity to make snow tires in this province an issue.
The McGuinty government has a history of interfering in the lives ofothers if it is in the interests of public safety, be it real orimagined. The McGuinty Liberals want to outlaw smoking in cars whereminors are present, even if all the windows are rolled down. Theprovince has outlawed harmless herbicides. Not on the basis of goodscience, but because they make some people nervous. And the governmentperformed a rare climb down recently after it tried to restrict thenumber of passengers in a new driver's vehicle.
So when Quebec recently declared snow tires mandatory on all passengervehicles from Nov. 15 to April 15, a lot of Ontario motorists gotanxious.
Quebecers have a long history of looking to government for answers, sothey take it for granted when their government tells them what to do.Heavily-taxed Ontarians hail from a different tradition. Unlike ourheavily-subsidized friends to the east, we shell out $20 billion ayear more to Confederation than we receive in return. And it shows.Under the circumstances, mandating the purchase of snow tires inOntario means something quite different than it does anywhere else.
Premier McGuinty's long-standing complaint about the fiscal imbalanceappears to have taught him something about Ontarians and theirfinancial limits. McGuinty has accepted a recent poll in which amajority of Ontario drivers said they could not afford to buy an extraset of tires for their vehicle. He said Ontario will not be followingQuebec's example.
Could you imagine - in this economy - the fire storm if it wereotherwise? If snow tires were made mandatory in Ontario, a good setwould cost $1,000 plus tax. What would happen to the two-car familythat has been doing well all these years with all-season radials? Saygoodbye to Santa Claus, because this year you are giving all yourmoney to the Michelin Man.
In a frightening development, an organization called the OntarioSafety League has weighed in on the debate. OSL, of course, isdisappointed with the premier's position. Now that snow tires aremandatory in Quebec, they are likely to keep beating this drum. Whatelse would you expect a "safety league" to do?
This is frightening because we could spend 100 per cent of Canada'sgross domestic product on making this country a safer place and itstill wouldn't be enough. People would still get hurt and people wouldstill die due to the carelessness of themselves and others. When itcomes to spending money on safety, the to-do list is endless and thepit is bottomless.
This is where OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino gains traction with hisargument that stiff penalties should be applied to drivers who causeaccidents in winter weather. Millions of drivers have years of safemotoring under their belts in winter conditions for the simple reasonthat they adjust their driving to suit the circumstances. There is nohelp for motorists who refuse to do the same, not even the gummiest,most expensive set of winter rubber.
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MPP John Milloy (Kitchener) Meeting Friday December 5, 2008
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Post subject: MPP John Milloy (Kitchener) Meeting Friday December 5,2008PostPosted: November 25th, 2008, 11:21 amOfflineSite Admin
Joined: July 9th, 2008, 8:59 amPosts: 4MPP John Milloy (Kitchener) has set a meeting date of Friday December5, 2008 at noon for anyone from the lawn care industry to come andmeet. The meeting will be held at 6C - 1770 King Street EastKitchener, ON. Please RSVP Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org ifyou are able to attend this meeting.
ken Post subject: Re: MPP John Milloy (Kitchener) Meeting Friday December5, 2008PostPosted: November 25th, 2008, 5:55 pmOffline
Joined: August 1st, 2008, 5:39 pmPosts: 6would love to be at the meeting, but unfortunately I live 8 hours fromKitchener.
Keep us, that cannot make it, posted on any developments.
Cheryl Post subject: Re: MPP John Milloy (Kitchener) Meeting Friday December5, 2008PostPosted: December 9th, 2008, 10:59 amOfflineSite Admin
Joined: July 9th, 2008, 8:59 amPosts: 4There ended up being 3 MPP meetings on Friday December 5th.1. Gerry Martiniuk MPP - PC, Cambridge: Said he was going to send aletter outlining our concerns to all of the MPPs and the MOE.2. John Milloy MPP - LIB, Kitchener: This meeting did not go very wellat all. He thinks we had enough time to change and did not care whatlosses we might suffer.3. Liz Sandals MPP - LIB, Guelph: She asked many questions and likedthe L.O. proposal sheet. She also agreed that the MOE and thegovernment are pushing this way to fast and not enough thought wasgoing into it.
Richard also spoke to Liz Witmer MPP - PC, Waterloo on the phone andshe knows that the Liberals are wrong and not doing "due diligence"for all of this. She said that our worst fears may come to pass andthat legal intervention was the ONLY way to stop this.
lakelawn Post subject: Re: MPP John Milloy (Kitchener) Meeting Friday December5, 2008PostPosted: December 18th, 2008, 3:42 pmOffline
Joined: December 18th, 2008, 3:29 pmPosts: 1Hi all.
I'm way up North but have been following events as they unfold. I havefilled out the online comments section, twice, as the bill has beenposted on the ERB site, giving as much detail as I could at my disgustin the whole process. As well, I sent a 3 page letter of concern to mylocal MPP Mike Brown (Liberal) he passed the letter on to the MOEminister John Gerretsen. Mr. Garretsen replied with a personal twopage letter, which basically stated that pesticides for cosmeticpurposes are unnecessary and pose a potential risk. He did not statewhere these facts came from, certainly not from the MOE information Ihave seen. He also stated that not all pesticides will be banned,mentioning 'biopesticides' as an alternative. Also stated was thatover half the population of Ontario was currently under some form of aban, and that our citizens have overwelmingly responded in favour to aprovince wide ban.
I have since seen twice in print, most recently from Turf and RecMagazine, that 2,4-D is NOT on the list of pesticides to be banned forcosmetic use as posted on the Environmental Registry. However, I amsure I saw 2,4-D on the list in many forms and products. Myquestion... IS 2,4-D on the current banned use list or not?
Here's still hoping for a better outcome...
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Joined: August 20th, 2008, 6:09 amPosts: 2Ladies and GentlemenPLEASE EMAIL DIRECTLY to email@example.com
I have correspondence back from 3 of the 6 Members of Parliament whomI have supported in the last election (all of whom were elected) (I amhopeful my friend Rt. Hon. S Harper will respond as well)
All three asked what they can do to help solve the Provincial dilemmabefore us or what direction to take
Briefly I have offered the following for them to think on:
1) Somehow allow Crop Life to win in Quebec ( if Quebec fails so tooshall Ontario)2) Force Province to prove that PMRA/Health Canada is wrong thatpesticides for use are unsafe3) Force that all products allowed for sale have passed PMRA approvaland have PCP#’s
(Ok so Keith and I just dreamed those up)
I have promised a more detailed piece of literature offering anindustry based solution, which is something that can be applied to allof Canada, but will most certainly ease our problems with DaltonMcGuinty here, to be delivered as soon as possible. Some of theFederal MP’s (Peter Van Loan) are really pissed about the Torontobylaw and provincial bylaw, my Conservative Government now has thepower to make good on promises made. I think we should move on thisquickly.
They need things which are easy for them to do, or we ask for answersthat can be found with relative ease. They are looking for guidance.We Conservatives are a business based party and this is a businessissue. So lets dream up 3 or 4 simple things to make our lives easierand get those into their hands prior to Christmas break. Then we getour people to write them or seek them out to discuss it over Christmasso they are thinking on in New year.
Then we need all our operators, employees, wives children and clientsto write to the MP’s and support our ideals.
I am looking for advice from the local industry and also ourprovincial bosses on what to tell them.
Any feedback would be appreciated, lets not let this chance pass us by
Richard Maass BScF, C.HOwnerPeerless TurfcareKitchener, ON
PLEASE EMAIL DIRECTLY to firstname.lastname@example.org
Board Member of the Conservative Party of Canada (Local) andConservative Party of Ontario (Local)
ken Post subject: Re: Need advice on how to steer Federal ConservativesPostPosted: October 30th, 2008, 4:31 pmOffline
Joined: August 1st, 2008, 5:39 pmPosts: 6good luck with this.
These minutes are over two years old but provide some insight into thelawn application industry's thinking at the time...
Lawn Care Meeting
Monday, Nov 20/06
Landscape Ontario, Milton Ontario
Present: Phil Bull, Gavin Dawson, Tammy Lawrence, Don McQueen, KenPavely, Kyle Tobin, Gary Van Haastrecht, don Voorhees, Alan White,John Wright, Paul Pisani
Staff: Tom Somerville
1) Acceptance of October, 2006 minutes
Motion to accept minutes with corrections
John Wright/Alan White ……………………….. CARRIED
Under # 4 – take our Turf Revolutions name & add “attended ofseminar”
2) Board of Directors Update – Alan White
o Paul Olsen – china trade mission report o CNLA update – project evergreen meeting in Torontoendorsed & supported by CNLA o Awaiting decision from Ministry of Labour re the“landscape gardener” in the standards. Government wants to moveinterlock brick & irrigation out of exemption list. o Also discussing “Banking of Hours” – Ministry would liketo discontinue o Jeff Olsen – working on branding of LO and industrysectors o Canada Blooms + Last year for sponsors – trying to get new ones + Last year – lost money, attendance down from 100,000to 88,000 + LO – larger presence @ show: # Ask the pro # Working with Skills Canada for competition, LOinformation booth in same area # Request for sod this year # Ecotopia Garden – new this year, sustainableecosystem;
3) IPM Update
* Not much new – some meetings with OPA re Municipalities documentalmost ready
4) Government Relations
o Lost some friends in last election o Need to do more assessment as to find out which side thenew councilors are on o Waterloo lost Mayor who was favorable seemed to pick upmore “antis” o Update LO brochure – tabled for now o Workshop all commodity groups brought together o Research opportunities and prioritization brought forward o Al for Darcy - spring use of Seven for European Crane Flyjust got approved minor use
Lawn Care (11/06) – Page #2
Additional information from Ken Pavely
Just received word this morning that Clarington is holding asimilar event to Markham's in January...likely the evening of the10th. They too will invite PMRA....let's hope they show up for thisone.
Collingwood in heavy right now, and will make deputation oncenew council is sworn in.
We now have evidence of increased retail sales from the anti-pesticide group in Halifax. Confirms what we have been saying allalong. Group is called RATE, Real Alternatives to Pesticides in theEnvironment. Great to no longer just say that sales are stillhealthy.
Owen Sound is looking to hold some kind of public event as well.Fortunately, we have John Howard, parks director, who isn't snowed byall the anti-pesticide rhetoric, and is reasonably well versed on theissue.
As soon as the municipal IPM is ready, then we can begin toassemble platform to go to the province. With all the anti-developmentcouncillors getting elected, the Liberals might be in a political moodto listen and respond to our concerns.
EcoPerth still posting recommendation for Endall for chinchbugs. Adds strength to argument about provincial action.
On a positive note, we have several and I mean severalmunicipalities that want seminars for next spring. Denis Flanagan andI have all but the finishing touches on a municipal public educationpackage at a cost that should be reasonable for them to use. City ofGuelph is very interested...with a council and mayor so left, it willbe interesting to see how they react to our initiative.
Scotts is helping with the campaign. Update from Jill is thattheir biological weed control is planned for 09/10 release. Stillcan't find someone to make large quantities, but in her words, itworks very well.
5) Next meeting
The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 29, 2007 @12:00 noon @ Landscape Ontario – Milton
Motion to adjourn meeting – Kyle Tobin/Alan White - Carried
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Pesticide ban 'goes too far too soon'
A BAN on the use of key pesticides in European farming goes too fartoo fast, an MEP has warned.
The NFU has already condemned the proposals, which it claims riskdoubling the price of vegetables.
As the European Parliament prepares for a crucial vote on the issue,an MEP has said practical alternatives to some vital chemicalscurrently in use have not yet been fully developed.
The controversial ban is due to be approved in Strasbourg on January13. It involves changing the way pesticides are assessed for use oncrops, as part of a goal to halve the use of toxic products in farmingby 2013.
The plans have already been scaled back after Europe's pesticidesindustry warned the new assessment standard would remove products fromthe market that have been used safely for years.
A compromise hammered out between EU governments and MEPs means areduced number of 22 toxic substances would be banned from use as cropchemicals.
But Scottish National Party MEP Alyn Smith said even the compromisewas too much.
"The proposals which will be presented in January go too far," hesaid. "Alternatives to many of the chemicals which the legislationproposes to ban have not been fully developed, and are mainly highlytargeted niche options. This often makes them expensive andimpracticable, and we can ill afford to make farming more expensive ata time of rising input costs."
The proposals update EU pesticides rules introduced in 1991, andinclude new criteria for registering potentially hazardous pesticides.
The NFU has warned that the changes, including assessing products forplant protection on the basis of "perceived hazard" instead ofscientific evidence, could rule out the use of established chemicalswith a track record of controlling diseases and pests, as well aspushing up food prices.
And the plans could make farming of crops including wheat, barley andpotatoes in Europe uncompetitive.
Melanie Hall, regional director of the NFU in the South West, agreedthat the proposals went "too far". "That is why we continue to lobbyour MEPs and are encouraging our members, farmers and growers alike tomake contact with their MEPs to challenge these proposals," she said."The fear is that introducing such precautionary principles that havegone a step too far could well result in increasing prices of food andcould ultimately jeopardise future food supply and security."
She said the NFU was "urgently" calling on MEPs not to accept thecompromise announced last week.
Neil Parish, South West MEP for the Conservative party and chairman ofthe European Parliament's agriculture committee, has also opposed theproposals.
He said: "If these proposals go through unaltered, our agriculture andfood production will be seriously threatened. Pesticides are essentialto meet the growing demand for food, both at home and in thedeveloping world. Without them yields will reduce dramatically. In theUK, we are especially affected because our wet climate means that weneed some of the chemicals under threat to produce crops such as wheatand potatoes."
He admitted it was important to take unsafe chemicals off the market,but said next week's vote was "the last chance for a sensibleapproach" to emerge. "MEPs from other countries are slowly waking upto the potential impact of these proposals, but we have run out oftime."
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More enforcement needed for pesticide spray regulations
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Karen Griffin - Judie Squires says someone needs to patrol the companies that spray residential areas for pesticides because she's observed nine violations of the Environmental Protection Act in her Paradise neighborhood alone…
Spray woes: Province falling down on monitoring pesticides
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Judie Squires - environment to become poisoned? A temporary ban on all residential pesticides has to be put into place, to protect us, our wildlife and our environment as a whole. Judie Squires
Government lax on cosmetic pesticide regulation: advocate
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Stokes Sullivan, Deana - Despite increased awareness about adverse health effects from pesticides, Judie Squires, a member of the Pesticide Working Group of
Woman doesn't expect cosmetic pesticide ban any time soon
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Stokes Sullivan, Deana - Despite increased awareness about adverse health effects from pesticides, Judie Squires, a member of the Pesticide Working Group of Newfoundland and Labrador, isn't optimistic that the province will ban the…
Province lagging behind in pesticide control
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The two sides to pesticide use
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Inquiry implicates BTk
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DEANA STOKES SULLIVAN - of trees. The live spores can be inhaled by humans and animals exposed to BT. Judie Squires, secretary of the Northeast Avalon Group of the Sierra Club, says despite claims that…
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DEANA STOKES SULLIVAN - at the end of this year. These products will only be sold to certified dealers. Judie Squires, secretary of the newly formed Northeast Avalon Group of the Sierra Club, isn't…
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