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Demand a strong law controlling pesticides - The Corner Brook Western Star

17 May 2011

The Corner Brook Western Star

Demand a strong law controlling pesticides

Dear Editor: 

The grandchildren will soon be running in with fistfuls of dandelion bouquets to give to Nanny.

I just have to be sure that they come from our property and that the little ones don’t run onto some lawn with the miniscule pesticide warning signs.

These signs, by the way, are merely a token gesture towards compliance with the law.

No one is allowed to spray poisons when the wind is more than 15 kilometers an hour, or in the 24 hours after a rain or when rain is forecast within the next 24 hours.

Adequate notice has to be given to adjacent property owners, as well.

In my experience, these regulations are broken quite routinely.

In any case, little children and pets, those most in danger from pesticides, cannot read the warnings.

As noted by Dr. Ian Simpson in his recent letter to The Western Star, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador is poised to enact some kind of legislation regarding the use of lawn chemicals.

Let us hope that they bring in a meaningful law and not some wishy-washy “ integrated pest management” nonsense, as the chemical companies are pressuring government to do.

Integrated pest management allows the use of poisons for cosmetic lawn care, so no change in current practices will take place.

I urge all people who are more interested in health and safety than in eradicating dandelions to tell your MHA to vote for strong anti-pesticide legislation and against integrated pest management.

Donald Gale
Stephenville

http://www.thewesternstar.com/Opinion/Letters-to-the-Editor-1766
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