Manitoba has proposed legislation to reduce children’s exposure to potentially harmful synthetic chemical pesticides.
Introduced on Earth Day (April 22, 2014), Bill 55, The Environment Amendment Act, (Reducing Pesticide Exposure) aims to block synthetic lawn pesticide use on lawns, sidewalks and driveways, as well as near hospitals, schools, playgrounds and sports fields.
Pesticide legislation had been on the Manitoba governement’s agenda for several years, but had yet to be introduced to the Legislature.
“Health Canada warns that pesticides should only be applied where no children, elderly persons or pets are present,” said Manitoba Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh. “The approach from experts is that we reduce exposure where these pesticides are not really needed.”
Federally approved bio-pesticides or low-risk products would be allowed for use.
Bill 55 proposes to exempt farm land, golf courses and residential gardens from the restriction, so the chemical pesticides will still be sold in stores.
If passed, Mackintosh is hoping to have the new legislation enacted by January 2015.