Landscapers, nurseries and other members of the gardening industry in New York State are alarmed. According to emails I have seen, Bill 4983, in committee now, would do the following:
… eliminate virtually all pesticide use on lawns, flower beds, golf courses, day care centers and schools, residential property, ornamentals, turf, and by any state agency or municipal corporation.
I can’t fully corroborate this in terms of media reports, though I have seen mention of a bill that bans pesticide use on school and daycare center properties. (Personally, I have no problem with that, though I know many gardening professionals don’t like bans, whether they use pesticides or not.) It is now making its way through the excruciating maze of frustration we New York Staters fondly refer to as Albany.
There is also talk of using greener practices in New York State parks. I’ll be following all this with interest.
ADDENDUM: I have some calls in and will report further on this.Posted by Elizabeth Licata on June 2, 2009 at 10:00 am, in the category Ministry of Controversy.