Of dandelions and commerce

By Stephen Rhodes

The marketplace works. The hot item this spring? The dandelion puller.

A year ago the Ontario government introduced its cosmetic pesticides ban, which took effect on Earth Day, April 22, 2009.

The government, in its wisdom, says the use of pesticides to control weeds and insects for purely cosmetic reasons presents an unnecessary risk to our families and pets, especially when we can have healthier lawns and gardens without chemicals.

The provincial ban overrides municipal pesticide bylaws, establishing one clear set of rules.

Enter the ubiquitous dandelion. My lawn this year was coated in these little hardy yellow beauties. Growing without fear. Heads tall and proud and yellow.

Well, when someone hands you a dandelion, make wine.

It doesn’t take long for the captains of industry to recognize the aging Baby Boomer generation is ill-suited for the  back-breaking work of dandelion extraction.

Everywhere, I look this spring  – on TV, in flyers and newspapers – the dandelion puller is promoted as the tool to eradicate Taraxacum officinale. Pull them out by their roots.  Problem solved from a comfortable standing position.

Are there new opportunities about to pop up for your business? Keep your ear to the ground. And, if you can’t get that low, I have a tool for you.

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to FurlAdd to Newsvine


Leave a comment

Filed under Stephen Rhodes

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s