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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!
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 3rd year in a row, CRAPAUD has teamed up with the Institut des sciences de l’environnement to offer a five-day training session on urban agriculture at UQAM.  Do you want know more about...
Quebec is one of five provinces with a cosmetic pesticide ban. In 2009, the American company Dow AgroSciences challenged the legality under NAFTA of the ban, particularly as it pertains to 2, 4-D herbicides. In a settlement reached last week between Canada and Dow AgroSciences, the company waived its legal action and claims, and accepted no compensation, implicitly confirming...
In 2003, we applauded Quebec for adopting the Pesticides Management Code, the first regulation of its kind in Canada. But that was then, this is now.  When it comes to regulating the sale and use of cosmetic pesticides to protect human and environmental health, Quebec has been overtaken by Ontario and Nova Scotia.
A new study from University California Berkeley links prenatal pesticide exposure with slight cognitive deficits in school-age children. The researchers – including one from Ste-Justine Hospital in Montreal – found that children whose mothers had had the highest level of pesticide concentrations in their urine during pregnancy scored on average 7 points lower on IQ...
Since 2006, we have continued the work of the Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (CAP), which was influential in the 2003 adoption in Quebec of the Pesticides Management Code, a regulation that restricts the use and sale of chemical pesticides for cosmetic purposes – the first regulation of its kind in North America!   Equiterre's ecological horticulture...