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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Concerning the letter "Duelling pesticide positions," (June 1).
There are some inaccuracies in this letter. They need to be cleared up so we can have a rational and useful debate on pesticides.
The letter-writer claims there is no direct link between pesticides and cancer. Yet doctors writing in the scientific journal Paediatrics and Child Health (April, 2006) had this to say about the common pesticide 2,4-D: 2,4-D can be persuasively linked to cancers, neurological impairment and reproductive problems.
The letter-writer claims New Brunswick has not implemented a pesticide ban. But the New Brunswick Environment Department has posted the following on its website: As of Dec. 16, 2009, the sale and use of more than 240 over-the-counter lawn care pesticide products are banned in the province of New Brunswick. The use of lawn care products for domestic lawns containing 2,4-D is also banned.
As an organization representing over 4,700 doctors and concerned citizens, we urge everyone involved in the pesticide debate to stick to the facts and the science.
Based on this, we urge Newfoundland and Labrador to prohibit all non-essential pesticide use, including on public and private lawns, gardens, sports fields and golf courses.
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
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