Why would people need to use a product like FIESTA or other products someone arbitrarily deems safer (or a best choice) than Conventional Pesticides on the market?????
The only reasons I can come up with is Political Decisions based on emotion, not facts.
If we stop the Enviro Whining, we can all get back to business and use products that work effectively, minimal repeat applications and with very little active ingredient required.
Here is what Peter Chan Director General of PMRA Health Canada says about Registered Pesticides, including ones for Lawns like 2,4-D.
Canada is a world leader in regulating pesticides
The Daily News
Published: Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Re: 'Assertion on regulation of pesticides is disputed' (Daily News, Jan. 28)
In her letter, Liz Fox suggests Health Canada makes "arbitrary" decisions when it comes to pesticides.
In fact, Canada is a world leader in pesticide regulation, using modern scientific information and assessment methods that follow internationally accepted guidelines. Integrated approaches to testing and assessment offer the possibility of more efficient decisions on the human health and environmental risks of chemicals, including pesticides.
They can reduce the need for extensive animal testing, without compromising existing safety standards.
However, as the Council of Canadian Academies' comprehensive review points out, many of the tools needed for this approach are still under development and will require several years of testing and validation before they can be considered to be reliable enough to be fully adopted.
In the meantime, Health Canada has taken action to ensure that information on formulations is accurate and meets current standards. Formulants posing the greatest potential risk have already been virtually eliminated from pesticide products.
Peter Chan, director general, Health Evaluation Directorate Pest Management Regulatory Agency, Health Canada
Here is what Health Canada says about 2,4-D , pregnant women and children
Why do people not trained in this field suggest different???? I am guessing financial gain.
If the Government is not to be trusted, do we trust PAUL TUKEY? How about BEYOND PESTICIDES? Canadian Cancer Society??? Who do we trust?
Is it safe to use the herbicide 2,4-D on my lawn?
Following extensive consultation and scientific review using the most current scientific methods, Health Canada has determined that 2,4-D meets Canada's strict health and safety standards, and as such can be used safely when label directions are followed. Health Canada's review concurs with the findings of regulators in other OECD countries, including the United States, European Union, New Zealand and the World Health Organization.
Does Health Canada take pregnant women, children and other sensitive groups into consideration when evaluating pesticides?
Health Canada conducts specific risk assessments for sensitive groups including children and pregnant women, taking their unique physiological characteristics into account. The behaviours and play-habits of children, such as their body weight and hand-to-mouth contact while playing near treated areas are considered when determining their potential exposure, and worst-case exposure scenarios are taken into account when determining application rates.
Health Canada also carefully considers the health of workers exposed to pesticides. Label directions provide workers with information for safe use, including proper handling information and directions on personal protective equipment. Also, some provinces and territories require training and licensing for professional pesticide users.