The Animal Crisis in Canada Due to Pesticides and FertilizersJuly 17, 2017
For years it’s been known that there’s an animal crisis relating to pesticides and fertilizers. And those who weren’t convinced always pointed to the fact that they needed ‘proof’. Now sadly, the evidence has revealed itself in big ways all over the country, and it may soon make its way to Ontario’s animals as well.
Some of the saddest news came just last month, when six North Atlantic right whale carcasses were found floating in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence near Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton. Experts, including marine biologists and officials from the Fisheries Department said at the time that there could even be more than six.
These experts are still unsure as to what actually killed the whales, but they pointed to toxic algae blooms as a possible factor. These algae blooms are often formed when the runoff of excess fertilizer makes its way into the waterways, killing aquatic wildlife. And in this particular instance, those blooms may be large enough to take down several animals that measure 15 metres in length and that can weigh up to 70,000 kilograms.
This is a big part of the reason why we at Stangl’s refuse to use these toxic substances. We’ve seen much too close to home what they can do not only to our wildlife, but also our children and our pets. We apply a completely biological top dressing that is not fertilizer, and it’s not a pesticide. It’s simply a solution that is created using nature’s own material including protozoa, fish compost, and other microbes that help the earth thrive – not cause the destruction of it.
And the damage is not restricted to our waterways. Scientists in British Columbia have now also found there’s evidence that hummingbirds are ingesting pesticides that could also be very toxic to them.
Researchers began studying the urine and feces of these birds after the population in the Fraser Valley – the home base for rufous hummingbirds – started to drop fairly drastically. After studying the birds for just a short period of time, it was found that they had significant amounts of imidacloprid in their system. This is a common pesticide found in agriculture crops and even around the home as pet owners use it to control fleas and ticks on their cats and dogs.
This is the same pesticide that has been linked to the decline of honeybees in not only Canada, but all over North America and Europe. This is even more worrisome than what’s happening to the hummingbird population, as honeybees are so important to our food production and to the cultivation of crops.
The news of declines in these animal populations around Canada infuriates us at Stangl’s. It is after all, what we’ve been saying and trying to make people understand for the last several years. The fertilizers and pesticides applied to agricultural crops, lawns, sports fields and golf courses needs to be stopped, as we now have the proof that they are killing our animals and at the same time, destroying our planet.
In addition to using a top dressing that feeds the soil in a much safer way than any commercial fertilizer could (even those that are organic), we also know that pesticides are not the answer to controlling the pests that can attack our lawns.
Our lawns need to go through succession in order to get rid of weeds and pests. This is the only way to effectively allow the soil and thereby, the grass that sits on it, to get back to their natural state; which really is a green and lush state of being. Succession doesn’t happen overnight, and it’s not supposed to. It takes time, but in the end, it gives us all a little more time on earth and stops the destruction of the planet.
If you want to stop being a contributor to the animal crisis in Canada, and want to get a beautiful and healthy lawn the safe way, contact us at Stangl’s by calling us at 905-641-8133 to learn more. The Nature’s Brew that we use is very effective but more importantly, it’s safe for our planet and those that inhabit it.