Selected News Items related to Pesticide Bylaws

Mar 27, 2019
Monsanto Roundup cancer lawsuit: California man awarded $80 million
USA Today. "Eight days after a U.S. jury found that Roundup weed killer was a substantial factor in a California man's cancer, it has awarded him $80 million in damages. The six-person jury in San Francisco returned its verdict in favor of Edwin Hardeman, 70, who said he used Roundup products to treat poison oak, overgrowth and weeds on his property for years."

Aug 10, 2018
Monsanto ordered to pay $289M US in California Roundup lawsuit over cancer claims
CBC News. "A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company's glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused him cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million US in damages. The case of school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson was the first lawsuit alleging glyphosate causes cancer to go to trial. Monsanto, a unit of Bayer AG following a $62.5 billion acquisition by the German conglomerate, faces more than 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States."

May 6, 2015
Helen Jones of RATE responds to Joe Shwarcz: Monkeys to Molecules Joe Schwarcz must have missed this important 2013 review paper on Glyphosate when writing his book. This comprehensive peer-reviewed paper by MIT scientists on glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, contains a great deal of risk information relating to gut dysbiosis in autism that is linked to widespread exposures to glyphosate, as well as major damage to the liver detox pathways that we all depend on to protect us from environmental toxins (these are called Cytochrome P450 enzymes or CYP for short). Read more

April 24, 2011
Prenatal Pesticide Exposure Tied to Lower IQ in Children From Science Daily: "..researchers at the University of California, Berkeley's School of Public Health have found that prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides -- widely used on food crops -- is related to lower intelligence scores at age 7." See the original scientific study in Environmental Health Perspectives

Febrary 21, 2011
"As of January 24, 2010, there are 171 pesticide by-laws across Canada. Close to 24 million Canadians, or 76.9% of Canada's total population (based on the 2006 Census), benefiting from enhanced protection from unwanted exposure to synthetic lawn and garden pesticides." Read more on Coalition for a Healthy Ottawa web site.

Febrary 21, 2011
Non-Essential Pesticides Ban for Nova Scotia comes into effect for lawns on April 1, 2011 New regulations restricting use of many pesticides on lawns and ornamentals province-wide were passed by the Nova Scotia legislature in 2010. A list of allowable pesticides - similar to HRM's Administrative Order 23 Materials List - specifies what can be used. The sale and use of pesticides not on the list will be prohibited on lawns as of April 1, 2011. The legislation will extend to ornamental shrubs, flowers and trees on April 1, 2012. See N.S. Government: Lawns and Ornamental Gardens - Non-essential Pesticides