Banning pesticide use on lawns

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Photo courtesy of USDA NRCS.

Our neighbors to the north are talking about a ban on “cosmetic” use of pesticides.

Several Canadian provinces ban pesticide use on lawns, and the Winnipeg Free Press reports Manitoba officials are preparing a ban on urban pesticide use that would likely be implemented next year.

The ban would not affect agricultural use of pesticides.

A Minnesota Department of Agriculture study in 2010 found

“Non-agricultural pesticide sales accounted for approximately 60% of the total pounds of all (agricultural and non-agricultural) pesticide sold in Minnesota.”