Pesticide Campaign First of its Kind in MB
For Immediate Release
March 18, 2014
For the first time in Manitoba, physicians, environmentalists, and animal welfare authorities are partnering to highlight the dangers of lawn and garden pesticides.
The campaign, which launches this week, is a collaborative effort of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), the David Suzuki Foundation, and the Winnipeg Humane Society. Central to the initiative are Winnipeg transit shelter ads with the message, “Doctors say Lawn and Garden Pesticides Hurt our Kids”.
“The ads raise awareness about the threats pesticides pose for our children,” says CAPE Executive Director Gideon Forman. “The science shows kids exposed to these poisons are at increased risk for leukemia, a sometimes fatal cancer. Doctors believe we can use non-toxic lawn care and have beautiful properties without making our kids sick.”
The provincial government is expected to introduce a ban on lawn pesticides this spring. Environmental organizations hope the prohibition will be as health-protective as one passed in Ontario six years ago and considered the best in North America.
“We’re calling on Manitoba to ban all lawn and garden pesticides,” says Jay Ritchlin, director for Western Canada at the David Suzuki Foundation. “The legislation as now proposed only prohibits pesticides on lawns. But if we’re going to protect our environment – and especially the bees which are so important to our food supply – we need to stop pesticide use on gardens and golf courses as well.”
The new campaign is unique in bringing together, for the first time, not only doctors and environmentalists but also animal welfare experts.
“The Humane Society supports a ban on non-essential pesticides because these chemicals are so harmful to beloved family pets,” says Aileen White, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Winnipeg Humane Society.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Gideon Forman, Canadian Assoc of Physicians for the Environment
Theresa Beer, David Suzuki Foundation
(604) 732-4228, ext 1239
Aileen White, Winnipeg Humane Society