The Environmental Factor

June 04, 2007 09:58 ET

What Few of us Know About Pesticides

Natural lawn-care gets to the root of the problem

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Environment Editor, Home/Garden Editor, Lifestyle Editor OSHAWA, ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - June 4, 2007) - With over 34 million kilograms of pesticides applied to lawns each year, it's difficult not to become an eco-alarmist.

Pesticides kill the pests that attack lawns; but also kill natural predators that feed on pests. Thus leaving the pests to grow and populate unchecked. The most common reaction to combat this is to increase pesticide use. And the cycle starts again.

What's frightening about pesticides is ingredients don't have to be listed. "There are 4,789 'inert' ingredients that are legally permitted to be part of a pesticide's formulation without any requirement that they be listed on the label…they include other pesticides, benzene, formaldehyde, and other toxic chemicals," says Angela Rickman, of the Sierra Club of Canada.

Furthermore, evidence from Safer Pest Control Project shows children living in homes using pesticides face increased risk of developing brain cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, and asthma. Research indicates pesticides can be tracked indoors easily; accumulating in dust and air inside homes.

On a positive note, legislation banning the use of pesticides has increased. Over 75 municipalities in Canada have banned pesticides. However, they can still be purchased over the counter at garden centres.

The solution is not changing the types of pesticide being used, but to take care of lawns and gardens in partnership with nature.

"It's all about changing the world one lawn at a time," says Lorelei Hepburn, president of The Environmental Factor. "By combining sound maintenance practices and premium quality organic products, homeowners don't have to choose between weed free lawns and healthy families."

ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL FACTOR:
The Environmental Factor, a leading natural lawn-care company, has provided organic lawn-care solutions for over 15 years. They developed Canada's first non-chemical weed control, TurfMaize, and recently released the Persea Natural Care System for lawns; the first do-it-yourself lawn care system without chemical pesticides. IN: ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, RETAIL

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