Protester sparks review of ban on corn gluten as weed killer
Environmentalist Sharon Labchuk says she will spread corn gluten on lawn of Province House Wednesday
Corn gluten is sold legally as a feed supplement for livestock, but under P.E.I.'s pesticide regulations, it's illegal to sell it as a weed killer for lawns.
Labchuk says she'll protest the ban by spreading corn gluten on the lawn at Province House.
She has been suggesting for years that corn gluten, along with other non-toxic products, should be taken off the list of banned products. She also says some toxic pesticides that are legal now should be prohibited.
Corn gluten is still available for people who want to apply it to their lawn, says Erin Taylor, manager of the Environment Department's Pesticide Regulatory Program.
"But the product that's registered as a pesticide was part of that change in the regulation. It's something that we're looking at and if we feel that it makes sense to make that clearer, then we'll look at that and move in that direction," said Taylor.
Labchuk says she knows she could be fined $1,000 to $50,000 for her protest.
But she says it would be a joke for environment officials to charge her.