Since September, 30 highly toxic cosmetic pesticides have been banned on public lands in Quebec, including parks, schools, day cares and hospitals. The ban will also apply to every lawn in the province--both public and private--by 2005..
More Bans on Cosmetic Pesticides
Since September, 30 highly toxic cosmetic pesticides have been banned on public lands in Quebec, including parks, schools, day cares and hospitals. The ban will also apply to every lawn in the province both public and private by 2005. Children are most vulnerable to the toxic ingredients because of their size. Environment Minister Andre Boisclair says the long-term gains to children's health and the environment far outweigh the estimated short-term pain to companies in lost pesticide sales and increased lawn-care costs. The rules do not apply to farmland, which accounts for 85 per cent of pesticide use in the province.
About 40 Quebec municipalities as well as Halifax already have bylaws in place to restrict cosmetic pesticide use. Port Moody, BC is the first municipality in western Canada to take similar action. In July, city councillors approved a campaign to educate residents about pesticide risks and possible alternatives over three years, after which a bylaw will be drafted to restrict pesticide use.
Environmental News Network, CBC, Vancouver Sun
Eco-Friendly Fuel, But not for Animals
Countries around the world are making inroads with what they believe to be the fuel of the future: biodiesel, a clean-burning fuel made from vegetable or animal fats. Using biodiesel instead of fossil fuels can prevent carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, reducing greenhouse emissions. In Canada, a soy bean biodiesel mixture powers trucks at Toronto Hydro. And a provincial committee wants all diesel in Ontario to contain some biodiesel by 2006.
In Britain, this fuel also comes from the rotisserie. British supermarket chain ASDA plans to recycle chicken waste and cooking fat from its rotisseries into diesel for its delivery trucks. Biodiesel could meet up to 10 per cent of Britain's motor fuel needs, claims the British Association of Biofuels and Oils. There's no idling in Europe either, where biodiesel production is well underway. The European Commission wants biodiesel to make up 3.5 per cent of the diesel fuel used for transportation by 2007.
CBC, Acres USA
Chemicals and Male Reproduction
For more on how chemicals affect male reproductive health, see "Xenoestrogen Pollution" by Stephanie Trenciansky, ND.