‘Cosmetic’ Pesticides: Safe to Use by Professionals and Homeowners


  • John J. Holland Integrated Environmental Plant Management Association


A short overview of why the BC Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides concluded that there should be no prohibition of pesticide use in British Columbia, and why the anti-pesticide organizations are incorrect to use only selected and weak epidemiological studies as ‘evidence’ for their stance.

Author Biography

John J. Holland, Integrated Environmental Plant Management Association

Communications Director


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