Manitoba pesticide ban results in more weeds

Back in April, the legislature of the Canadian province of Manitoba enacted a ban on cosmetic pesticides. The ban restricts pesticide use on private lawns and on grounds around hospitals, sidewalks, schools and daycares. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reveals that the city of Winnipeg has seen an uptick in weed growth since the province’s pesticide ban went into effect. The city is experimenting with pesticide alternatives but they are, according to CBC, eight times more expensive than the ones originally used.

The symbolism behind this isn’t just weed growth but also demonstrates what happens when pesticide bans are enacted. The result is having to resort to more expensive alternatives that may or may not work. Also, farmers experience a nightmare in fending off insect and other pest attacks from attacking their crops. Bloomberg reported in January of this year that after Europe’s 2013 ban on neonic pesticides, farmers resorted to using pesticides that many insects had built up an immunity to which lead to a significant drop in crop yields for canola (aka rapeseed). One British farmer stated he has seen flea beetles for the first time in ten years.

Pesticide and insecticide bans are one of many tools environmentalists use in order to diminish the food supply that humans use to sustain and enhance their lives. They will even use junk science and plot to get studies based on questionable conclusions published in scientific journals in order to get their policies enacted. For example, during December of last year The London Times uncovered a plot through some emails leaked to them of scientists connected to an environmentalist group who stand accused of a 2010 plot to help get neonic pesticides banned. The group would coordinate getting studies published making the case that neonicotinoid pesticides are the sole cause of bee population declines. Environmentalist groups would then use the published studies to fundraise for a lobbying effort in order to make the case to the EU’s parliament that neonic pesticides should be outlawed.

Pesticides are a vital tool farmers use to ward off insects and other pests from consuming their crops. Attacks on pesticides are tantamount to an attack on mankind since we need food in order to live. But because environmentalists consider human beings as a cancer to be wiped out, one of the best ways to ensure that is to undermine one of the means that helps to sustain and enhance our population: food. The environmentalist movement was founded based on questionable and even false claims made about DDT via Rachel Carson’s book The Silent Spring. The green movement is continuing and expanding on Carson’s work by going after neonic pesticides and even lying about them.