Little hands stained yellow. A bit sticky too but that is not unusual. We’ve just finished picking the first batch of spring dandelions. They spring up in abundance on municipal areas and close to school yards. These are places where pesticides are banned and it is enforced.
It wasn’t too long ago, though that there was a war on dandelions. A plethora of chemicals were used to prevent their spring arrival. These herbicides were applied in abundance throughout the spring, summer and autumn months (and they still are on golf courses) with little thought as to the environmental and human health consequences. The desired end, to have a green monoculture of grass, that needs constant tending and watering. A “make-work” project in my mind.
I wrote about this phenomenon for my undergraduate thesis. At the time, there was such a huge backlash against banning herbicide use. It seemed that effective change would be very far in the future. But, it didn’t take that long. Groups of people gathered for change. In April 2009, the Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Act took effect in Ontario. Similar bans have occurred in provinces across Canada.