Ministry of Controversy

Toronto Flower Show Caves to Industry, Renegs on Showing Pesticide Film


Just in case you haven't heard the news, here's the sordid story on the SafeLawns blog.

Short version?  Members of Landscape Ontario, the province’s trade association representing the lawn industry, were pretty unhappy when they heard that A Chemical Reaction – the stirring documentary about the first town in Canada to ban lawn pesticides – was scheduled to be shown at the "Canada Blooms" show next March.  They lobbied, proposed that the screening be cancelled, and won in a vote of the Board of Directors.

Landscape Ontario's response to the resulting outcry?  In part,

We do not feel we should be politicizing or polarizing people at a garden show. Canada Blooms is meant to be a celebration of horticulture and floriculture. We are not against showing the film nor are we against free speach (sic) and debate. In fact we encourage it. We just do not feel that Canada Blooms is the correct venue for doing this.


If you'd like to weigh in, click the SafeLawns link above to see the full list of Canada Blooms directors – the people to complain to.

Posted by on December 5, 2010 at 3:09 pm, in the category Ministry of Controversy.
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7 responses to “Toronto Flower Show Caves to Industry, Renegs on Showing Pesticide Film”

  1. Amy Stewart says:

    Astonishing. My first reaction when I heard this–have they never BEEN to a food festival? There is absolutely nothing wrong with screening films of any kind at a garden show–and a thought-provoking documentary about lawn chemicals is exactly the kind of thing I’d LOVE to see in a venue like that!

  2. I am rendered speechless. Time to re-think whether we should go to events/conferences/symposiums sponsored by corporate interests, since that clearly means we are only allowed to hear the side of the story that butters the bread.

  3. Who says/expects that freedom of expression be ABSOLUTE in the first or third world?

    Nothing is written in stone.

  4. Protest with DOLLARS! If I had planned to go, I would cancel in protest.

    People who WANT to learn would attend, they would not be forcing all attendees to watch it.

  5. Lisa, Ontario says:

    I have to say my first reaction was horror. However if you have ever been to a flower show like Canada Blooms it isn’t exactly “green”. All the fossil fuels required to force all of those trees and flowers. All of the chemicals that I am sure they have been fed to make them nice and big for the show. How much material is shipped in there, and I have to say I have never seen an insect. How can that be, something must be hatching from all that soil and mulch. And I am quite sure that the majority of the large landscapers that are putting the big display gardens together are not touting the “no chemicals” aspect. Their customers are mostly people that want the look, without the maintenance, they are not the gardeners.

    Without those sponsers, there would be no show. I love the show, but that doesn’t mean that I support everything in it.

    I am glad that there still is a Canada Blooms, and there are some of the smaller booths that have alternatives, so just use your mind.

  6. Doug Green says:

    Just for the record, the quote from Tony DiGiovanni, the Exec Dir of Landscape Ontario was first published on my blog from a quote I got directly from him.

  7. Michelle D says:

    The question that should be posed is ; “if not now, then when ? “.
    The Landscape Ontario’s board is spineless .
    People who do attend should bring bowls of jello to the venue and leave them at the front door in protest.