|Update (Aug. 2005)
Presentation of Pesticides at Three Stores in HRM in 2005
To: Reading Pesticide Labels: Examples (2004)
To: Home Page (www.versicolor.ca) .
Synthetic lawn herbicides, banned under the By-law,
are still sold and used in HRM.
On Aug. 9, 2005, I checked out presentation of pesticide products at 3 of the 5 stores in HRM that I had visited in 2004. The three stores selected were ones that in 2004 sold a lot of synthetic pesticides (i.e., pesticides not listed on Administrative Order #23).
I was interested in whether there had been any obvious improvement over last year in regard to
NOTE: "On June 21, 2005, Halifax Regional Council approved the addition of the substance Corn Gluten Meal (CGM) to the Permitted Pesticides List in Administrative Order #23."(Quote from HRM's Pesticide By-Law & Sustainable Gardening & Landscape Maintenance website). Corn gluten meal supresses seed germination and provides nitrogen so can be used in place of synthetic Weed & Feed products.
-dp 11 Aug. 2005
|In this store, liquid products containing synthetic lawn herbicides were given most prominence (photos below).
A corn gluten product for weed control in turfs which is compatible with the By-law ("Turf Maize Weed Inhibitor" in photo at right) was placed in an aisle where other bulky bagged materials (including granular Weed & Feed, fertilizers and soil conditioners) were placed but was difficult to see.
Most other alternative pesticide products were placed together in one area (lower shelf in the photo below) which is an improvement over last year, however, they were not given any prominence or identified as products that are compatible with the By-law.
||Herbicides were a minor component of the pesticides on display at this store. Most of the alternative products were placed
together in one area, however, they were not given any prominence or identified as products that are compatible with the By-law. |
A corn gluten product for weed control in turfs was placed in a open area with other bulky bagged products and was readily visible, however it was not identified as a lawn herbicide that is compatible with the By-law.
|In this store, 'Weed & Feed' products containing lawn herbicides were given most prominence. The store did not offer corn gluten products for weed control. |
A small poster promoting Shop-Vacs for control of chinch bug, not seen in 2004, was placed next to a carbaryl product (regular pesticide used for control of chinch bug, and grubs).
There was not a clear separation between synthetic pesticides and alternatives. In 2004 (July 31), a large poster promoting alternatives to herbicides for lawns was prominently displayed, but it was not present when I visited the store this year.