Pesticides are chemicals that are designed to kill. Although applied to address a specific "pest" problem, pesticides are not smart chemicals. Once dispersed into the environment, pesticides can affect human health, and the health of other plants and animals on the planet. The David Suzuki Foundation recommends choosing local, organic produce, whenever possible, and doing away with the so-called cosmetic use of pesticides on lawns, gardens, and house plants.
In April 2009, Ontario introduced a comprehensive ban on lawn and garden pesticides. Other Canadian provinces should follow Ontario's lead. Read more »
What we do to nature we do to ourselves because, quite simply, humans ... Read more »
Ultimately, the controversy surrounding pesticide use comes down to health — if these chemicals are harmful, they should be banned; if they are safe they can be used widely and freely without restriction. Read more »