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Herbicide Reduction in North America: In Canada, an Opportunity for Motivation and Growth in Weed Management

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 June 2017

Allan S. Hamill
Agric. Canada, Harrow, ON, Canada, NOR 1GO
Gordon A. Surgeoner
Dep. Environ. Biol., Univ. Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada, N1G 2W1
Wayne P. Roberts
Pest Manage. Div., Plant Industry Branch, Ont. Min. of Agr. Food, Guelph, ON


Pesticide registration in Canada is a Federal responsibility. Authority to recommend and use a pesticide often is Provincially controlled. A survey on “the status of pesticide reduction” within the various provinces of Canada revealed that only 3 of 10 had a policy to reduce pesticide use. In Ontario is an example of a successful non-mandatory program toward the reduced use of pesticides. A coordinated effort among government, industry, and growers has resulted in increased research, education, and extension for pesticide use. Licensing for sellers and users of pesticides has been effective in assisting the reduction of active ingredient pesticide sales.

Copyright © 1994 by the Weed Science Society of America 

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