As a physicians’ organization with over 5,000 members, we are delighted that Environment Minister Ross Wiseman is considering a lawn pesticide ban.
During his deliberations, we urge Wiseman to remember that such a ban is supported by the most respected health organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association, the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Lung Association.
As well, polling done in 2009 by CRA Atlantic Quarterly found a lawn pesticide ban is supported by nearly seven out of 10 Newfoundland and Labrador residents.
The poll also found that 76 per cent of residents believe pesticides threaten children’s health, while 72 per cent feel pesticides threaten the environment.
Health professionals and the general public are in agreement: Newfoundland and Labrador should follow the other Atlantic provinces and ban these toxic chemicals at the earliest opportunity.
Don’t children in this province deserve the same protection as children in P.E.I., New Brunswick and Nova Scotia?
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment