TAG: pesticide bans

Issue Brief: Science shouldn’t be politicized

September 10, 2018By

Attempts by some lawmakers to apply political solutions to questions of science is a disturbing trend impacting the green industry. In the U.S., we have a scientific, legal and administrative framework to evaluate pesticides for safety and effectiveness. Before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants or renews registration to a product, extensive research is conducted so we can be confident... read more

Political analysis: 2016’s biggest issues

December 27, 2016By

As 2016 winds down, it’s time to look back at some of the hottest issues of the year, as well as where the issues currently stand. H-2B Reform Language providing H-2B relief was included in the federal fiscal year 2015-2016 omnibus spending bill. President Obama signed that bill into law on Dec. 18, 2015. What that means: Through Sept. 30, 2016,... read more

County in Maryland bans pesticide use

October 8, 2015By

Montgomery County, Md., became the first major locality in the U.S. to ban the use of cosmetic pesticides on private lawns, the Washington Post reports. The ban goes into effect in 2018. The County Council voted 6-to-3 to prohibit use of the chemicals after a public debate Oct. 6. The ban does not establish a method or unit to enforce... read more

Government Affairs: Crackdown on ‘cosmetic’ pesticide use

February 12, 2015By

Anti-pesticide forces are seeing some success in convincing local governments to ban “cosmetic” pesticides. The anti-pesticide activists define cosmetic pesticides as those used to make lawns and the general landscape look better. In other words, most of the pesticides used by the green industry. In July 2013, Takoma Park, Md., passed the Safe Grow Act of 2013, which generally restricts... read more

RISE takes pro-pesticide message to the web

September 12, 2014By

The message was about the message itself at the 24th annual Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) meeting, held in Tucson, Ariz., Aug. 25. Dan Stahl, vice president of marketing at Olympic Horticultural Products (OHP) and incoming board chairman, said RISE has a culture of staying relevant, and that means adapting the way the organization spreads it message. The... read more

Are sweeping pesticide bans justified for youth sports fields?

July 19, 2012By

By: Ron Hall There’s growing public concern about the use of pesticides on youth sports fields. This concern focuses on the alleged negative health affects that pesticides pose to young athletes. As a result, Connecticut and New York have passed laws severely restricting the use of synthetic pesticides on school grounds. New Jersey will likely soon pass a similar law. An... read more