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The real spring with warm, sunny days is (hopefully!) on its way. That means it’s time to plant your vegetable garden or give your balcony some TLC. But did you know—prepare for a shock—that most seeds in superstores are coated in pesticides?
Actualité - 1 May 2018 - Tag : Alternatives to pesticides, Ecological horticulture
This spring, to raise awareness about alternatives to pesticides, our ecological horticulture team asked people to send in their favourite dandelion photos. They received more than 500 submissions!
Ten years ago, Quebec did a gutsy thing: it adopted the first Pesticides Management Code in all of North America, restricting the use of certain pesticides for cosmetic purposes.  But since then, Quebec has been overtaken by some of the other provinces, notably Ontario and Nova Scotia. To catch up with them, Quebec needs to strengthen its Code so that it offers residents...
This week, Ecojustice wrote to health minister Leona Aglukkaq on behalf of the David Suzuki Foundation and Equiterre to ask for a special review, under section 17 of the Pest Control Products Act, of the registration of pest control products containing one or more of 30 active ingredients.
Actualité - 17 October 2012 - Tag : Ecological horticulture, Pesticides
Pesticide Action Network North America has conducted a new review of the recent literature on the impact of pesticide use on children's health. According to the report, the existing research suggests that:
Actualité - 17 October 2012 - Tag : Dangers of pesticides, Ecological horticulture
The Ontario College of Family Physicians is recommending that patients reduce their exposure to pesticides whenever and wherever possible. This recommendation is based on its new research review, which shows a link between exposure to pesticides and various neurological and respiratory diseases, as well as reproductive problems. It also shows that children are particularly...
Édith Smeesters, a pioneer in the field of ecological horticulture in Quebec, is still on tour this week to challenge Quebecers to change the way we maintain our lawns. This French-language conference series is for anyone who would like a nice lawn without resorting to toxic chemicals. Learn how to work in harmony with nature, rather than against it. Choose plants that...
Since Quebec's Pesticides Management Code came into effect in 2003, a lot of pesticides have disappeared from our garden centres and hardware aisles.  But there is still a lot of confusion surrounding the topic of responsible gardening. The dream of a "perfect" lawn remains... But how can you maintain your yard without resorting to the now-prohibited, so-...
Did you know that after leading the way with the first provincial ban on lawn pesticides in 2003, Quebec has now fallen behind other provinces when it comes to protecting human and environmental health in this matter? Our list of banned pesticides hasn't changed since 2003, whereas Ontario and Nova Scotia have both gone on to adopt stronger policies, which prohibit more...
For the 16th year in a row, producers are invited to Journées horticoles, two days of the latest in horticultural information, featuring speakers from Quebec, British Columbia, Ontario and the United States. The program includes talks on: