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SURVIVING a Municipal Cosmetic
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By Deborah Henderson, PhD
M anaging pests, diseases, and weeds
within cosmetic pesticide bans can be
a challenge. Every municipality has
different rules and even provincial
bans regulate in dramatically different ways
across the country. While most people
understand and agree with the concern
about overuse of pesticides and protecting the
environment and their health, the turf industry
is also faced with maintaining rather high standards
for the cosmetic value of landscapes and a very real
gap between what is expected and what is possible.
It is difﬁcult to be the bearer of bad news.
Whether provincial or municipal, the recurring
themes of Canadian legislation is to ban:
• active ingredients;
• products based on their use patterns; or
• products based on concentration or package size.
4 March 2013
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