Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Ont. pesticide ban gives Windsor 'more ammunition'

Once pesticides used for decades disappear from store shelves, local lawn and garden lovers will have to turn to natural gardening alternatives, or give up their pursuit of perfectly manicured lawns.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty introduced the ban Tuesday -- on Earth Day -- targeting more than 70 chemicals found in 300 products experts say pose health risks, especially to young children and pregnant women, including possibly cancer and neurological problems.

If passed, the law would take effect next spring and replace a patchwork of more than 40 municipal bylaws across the province. It would also impose new regulations on cities that don't prohibit pesticide use.

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