A Pesticide Ban Is Coming To A City Near You
On October 6, 2015 Montgomery County city council in a 6 to 3 decision voted to ban over 100 active ingredients they have classified as toxic giving them restricted non essential pesticide in the county for control of lawn pests, weeds and diseases for all private properties.
But conveniently allowed some of the same toxic pesticides including the highly targeted neonicatenoids to be used by county employees on all its own sports fields and golf courses.
Councilmembers Sidney Katz, Craig Rice and Roger Berliner have voted against the ban.
How convenient for politicians to pass a law that basically tells their citizens you will have to have a crapy looking lawn because those pesticides are killing your kids but we will continue to uses them and allow us to continue to kill your kids for you. Why because we know you can’t have a good looking lawn with just cultural practices but we are the government and we can have a double standard.
This is what happened in Montgomery County Maryland and this is not the first time it’s happened, they are taking their cues from Canada and the sweeping pesticide bans that took place their.
Ontario Canada Cosmetic Pesticide Ban
Ogunquit Maine Imposes Pesticide Ban only pesticides allowed are organic or FIFRA exempt.
A 1,300 person community in Maine
Guided only by Carson’s 1962 book, “Silent Spring,”
Cosmetic Lawn Pesticide ban Takoma Park, MD.
The Main Proponent of the Bill George Leventhal
I have two disappointments with the way this happened one that the proponents of this bill did not care to listen to any other options a total ban or no deal, I have no problem with having an initiative or mandate for a city reduce pesticides on city or county property even to decide not use any, but what I’m really disappointed in is the fact that they showed no leadership no creativity and no inspiration.
They could have used the opportunity to impose on themselves a ban and worked with all the talented people in the Maryland state universities entomologists, pathologist, agronomist and companies that manufacture natural and biological products to develop the first integrated pest management program and organic that is sustainable to inspire their county use it in home owners associations and residential private property.
And after demonstrating it could work start mandating a county wide reduction program instead they did the complete opposite the reality is there are no visionaries no one to look up to in government to inspire people to do great things to achieve the impossible no Martin Luther kings to share a dream, no John F Kennedy’s to make us reach for the stars, no Ronald Reagan’s to let us believe in the greatness of the American Spirit.
So we have resulted to the equivalent of a Coup d’état, we can’t lead so we will imposes the view of a few on the majority, proving that absolute power corrupts absolutely. When one party rules there is no dialog no concern for personal property rights.
My second disappointment is that as hard as I looked I could find no response or direct comment from the one organization that is supposed to be supporting us The National Pest Management Association, nor the Maryland Pest Management Association this to me is disappointing.
For those of you that do not know what is going on I will in this podcast review the bill with you, I spent almost all day Sunday’s reading through the 127 pages that was published by the Montgomery County.
I will include links to the Washington Post article that covered the story as it unfolded the videos that have been put out by the supporters of the bill as well as the list of pesticides and the their bans that are taking place now.
Bill 52-14 127 Page Memorandum
Montgomery County Commissioner Nancy Floren Video
Gaithersburg resident Jennifer Quinn is a volunteer stating that with cultural practice you never need a pesticide on your lawn talk about ignorant propaganda why could they do it in their own parks.
Video Depicting all lawn pesticides as Toxic
Video With Jay Feldman of Beyond Pesticides
Jody Fetzer of Montgomery County Parks Department Testifying on the Failure of the bans in Canada.
More Videos on The Montgomery County Pesticide Ban
List of Pesticides Banned in Ontario Canada
List of Pesticides Banned In Takoma Park MD
This is not Integrated Pest Management.