The use of pesticides in agriculture and horticulture threatens human health and environmental health and sustainability. Pesticides, particularly herbicides, are used heavily in Saskatchewan due to our large mass of agricultural land. They are also used in brush control, forestry, and for cosmetic purposes in parks, yards, and gardens.
Resistance to pesticide use has spawned a substantial organic agriculture movement in Saskatchewan. With over 1000 organic farmers and around 1 million organic acres, Saskatchewan is one of the most active areas in the world for organic, pesticide-free agriculture. Still, pesticide use continues to grow on conventional farms.
Meanwhile, a growing movement to ban pesticides for cosmetic uses in towns and cities is spreading to Saskatchewan.