The grass is always greener

By Julee Boan for ENVIRONMENT north
This article appeared in the Chronicle-Journal on July17, 2006.

People in Thunder Bay, and most Canadians, take pride in having attractive property. Many of us, as part of lawn maintenance, use pesticides and herbicides - products developed to kill unwanted plants, insects and plant diseases.

However, there is increasing public awareness and concern about the potential health risks, especially to children and pets. As well, impacts on our environment, as these chemicals drain into river systems and lakes, are now better understood the public, research scientist and policy makers.

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