A new poll has found 62% of Albertans would be in favour of an eventual ban on most lawn and garden chemicals.
A coalition of groups asked “Would you support or oppose a law that phases out the use and sale of all but the safest pesticides for lawns and gardens in Alberta?
62 per cent said they would, 33 per cent were opposed and five per cent were unsure.
Robin McLeod with Coalition for a Health Calgary says the results of the poll, conducted in urban and rural Alberta, are encouraging.
“What we’re seeing is increasing support across the province to ban all but the least toxic pesticides for home use. It turns out there’s practically even support between rural and urban residents.”
McLeod says they hope to take the results of this poll to the Notley government before the end of the year.
Alberta is one of only three provinces with no provincial law banning the sale and use of chemicals like Round-Up and 2,4-D.
The law would not apply to mosquito control, agriculture or forestry.