Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Pesticide bans needed to protect the unapprised and innocent children..

Normally I don’t post my own personal comments to this blog however, this morning when checking my emails I received a comment which has me thinking, are there really people this ignorant? I find it hard to fathom that in this day and age someone would actually have such an uneducated approach to pesticides. It is for this very reason that pesticides need to be banned, these people need protecting and their innocent children have to suffer from their inability to comprehend following label directions.

The following is the comment and although part of me suspects that this may simply be industry propaganda, I would like to address the comment as many people may believe this sort of misinformation.

Author: L U (IP: 24.57.154.228, d57-154-228.home.cgocable.net)
Email: lu@gmail.com
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Comment:
Thanks to this law I will be unemployed even more this was my backup career. Got laid off from my Auto job cause of the depression not recession were in. Most of the chemicals are harmless if mixed right. I even let my two year old daughter and dog play on the lawn right after I put down the chemical last year. One grain of salt is more deadly than most of these chemicals and salt is not banned. Picking weeds just makes more weeds I have dug up dandelion tap roots that are over 10 cm thick. I must thank the Liberals for more jobs lost. This law will not stop the average consumer from using their own supply up.”

Let me take the time to address some of this “issues” brought forth in this erroneous comment:

Thanks to this law I will be unemployed even more this was my backup career”…First of all, since the commenter does not already have an applicators job how can they assume more unemployment? … “unemployed even more”. Regardless of this peculiar statement, municipalities and provinces which have pesticide bans implemented have experienced a growth in the lawn care industry. There will always be a demand for lawn care, operators simply use natural pesticide products and safer formulations as well as practice prevention, this way the homeowner receives better value, a safer environment and the lawn care industry will experience growth.

Most of the chemicals are harmless if mixed right.”… Nobody can rightfully make this statement, quite frankly it is false. Actually, Health Canada says that it is illegal in Canada to state that any pesticide is safe. Health Canada says "Keep children away from pesticides" . . . "Pesticides are poisonous" Learn More about what Health Canada has to say: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/pubs/child-enfant/safe-sain/index-eng.php

Neil McTiernan of the PMRA says Pesticide companies can't use words like "safe" or "government approved" to describe pesticides. http://nben.ca/environews/media/mediaarchives/04/jan/labchuk.htm

According to The Regulatory Directive 96-02 it is Illegal to say a pesticide is safe. (For copies of the Directive call the Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Health Canada at 1-800-267-6315.)

“I even let my two year old daughter and dog play on the lawn right after I put down the chemical last year.”…This is absurd and I find it disturbing not to mention very hard to believe. If this commenter is forthright in their statement then I have to say this is why we require pesticide bans. The commenter claims to have expected a job in the pesticide industry yet clearly would violate label regulations along with some federal and provincial regulations. This type of exposure to innocent children and animals, who can not speak for their own rights is simply disgusting and should be considered neglect. What this imprudent commenter do not understand is that these unnecessary lawn chemicals will likely have effects years down the road, just because something don’t kill someone instantly doesn’t mean it is not harmful. I honestly hope that this is a false statement.

“One grain of salt is more deadly than most of these chemicals and salt is not banned”… It is preposterous to suggest that edible products could even compare to pesticides. It is true that even common substances like coffee or salt can become poisons if enormous amounts are consumed, but consumed is the key word. Most claims of toxicity on food products depend on if a person were to consume a large amount in one sitting. A hypothetical challenge would be that I’ll eat the same amount of salt as you will pesticides…Hmmm I wonder what the outcome would be? I say hypothetical as I cannot actually present this challenge as pesticide labels make clear statement not to consume the products; most pesticide labels make statements such as “DANGER POISON. May be fatal if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through skin. Wash hands thoroughly before eating drinking and smoking. Use Chemical resistant clothing, gloves and mask when handling.”

Not something I have seen on a box of salt. Have you? To read warnings on pesticide labels check out the PMRA label search: http://pr-rp.pmra-arla.gc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=34,17551&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

And lastly, "Picking weeds just makes more weeds I have dug up dandelion tap roots that are over 10 cm thick.” Proper care prevents weeds and proper removal will not result in “more weeds”. If I ever found a dandelion with a 10cm thick root I would be making dandelion root coffee, perhaps in such economic hard times we should be respecting the availability of quality food sources such as the dandelion. People need to learn to accept some weeds, learn proper removal techniques and create biodiversity in a landscape.

All this said the moral of this comment is… Bans are needed to protect these very people from themselves. Their innocent children, pets and neighborhoods also need protection. People like this either don’t or can’t read the directions and regulations and therefore do not understand the harmful effects of pesticides and haphazardly allow children and animals to become exposed. I wonder if people like this understand about air and water pollution or pesticide drift if they have no understanding of the detrimental effects of pesticides on an innocent child. This comment saddens me and I said above, I do hope it is not a true story.

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