For consumers concerned about pervasive toxics in the environment, this has been a very good Earth Week. Especially if you live in Canada.
Home Depot announced this week that it would stop selling "traditional" lawn and garden pesticides in all its Canadian stores.
The reason? Consumers don’t want them anymore. People in Canada seem to have discovered that you don’t need to spread poisons around your yard in order to garden. Amazing! A huge part of that awakening is happening because of committed advocates, particularly from the public health community, that have helped lead hundreds of local by-laws in communities around Canada that have ended the use of "cosmetic" pesticides on lawns & gardens.
I am trying to imagine what it would be like to walk into the garden aisle in a big-box home improvement store without the noxious bags of granulated death … I think I like it.
The bell is tolling in Canada for lawn & garden pesticides. I hope we catch whatever they’ve got.