Sunday, February 27, 2011

Time to restrict pesticide use

26 Feb 2011

 The Telegram (St. John’s)

Time to restrict pesticide use

I am a member of the Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides — Newfoundland and Labrador and want to thank everyone who attended our public forum last week as well as our excellent speakers. I also write in response to Lorne Hepworth’s letter to the editor “Pesticides have a role,” Feb. 12.

Mr. Hepworth seems to believe all pesticides are created equal and Health Canada is the best authority when it comes to determining if a product is safe. Pesticides have different uses, and the necessity of food production is about as far removed from esthetic application as you can get.

Some pesticides are used in agriculture to eliminate insect pests. Others are herbicides designed to destroy dandelions in suburban lawns and create the illusion of healthy, uniform grass. All pesticides are designed to kill unwanted organisms. Some are necessary and some are not.

As more and more provinces ban lawn pesticides, Health Canada seems rather ineffective. If the majority of citizens ask for greater health protection, shouldn’t our government grant it to us?

Five provincial governments and dozens of municipalities now believe we should treat pesticides as guilty until (conclusively) proven innocent. Eighty per cent of Canadians have already been protected by pesticide bans due to the same combination of public support and demonstrated danger that gave us smoke-free public spaces. It’s about time Newfoundland and Labrador joined its neighbours.

In contrast to tobacco, there are comparatively few epidemiological studies relating to chronic illness and pesticide use.

Many studies which are done on the health effects of pesticides are toxicological and produced by the chemical manufacturers themselves, which leads you to question their objectivity.

Smoking is a personal choice, but breathing air contaminated by pesticides in your neighbourhood is not. We do not allow smoking in public places or in cars containing children because people have no choice but to breathe second-hand smoke in their environment and we know this kills as well.

Isn’t it time we restricted unnecessary and harmful chemicals in our neighbourhoods?

If you are interested in showing your support for a ban on chemical pesticides, sign the petition available at http://www.gopetition. com/petition/42016.html

 Darcie Cohen
 St. John’s
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