Saturday, May 7, 2011

Time for action - The St. John’s Telegram

May 7, 2011

The St. John’s Telegram 

Time for action

I am writing as a concerned grandparent about how little this provincial Progressive Conservative government cares about the health of our children.

They have continued to ignore pleas to ban the use of cosmetic pesticides sprayed on lawns.

What’s the concern? A growing number of studies have linked the use of pesticides to a variety of health concerns, especially in children. A literature review (an account of what has been published on a topic by accredited scholars and researchers) completed by the Ontario College of Family Physicians in 2004 stated that “several studies found associations between pesticide exposure and solid tumours in children,” in addition to an “association with childhood non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.” As further warning, it stated that “several studies found elevated childhood leukemia rates with pesticide exposure.”

Let’s not forget 2,4,D, which is the common herbicide of choice as it “was associated with a two-fold increase in leukemia incidence.” It also included evidence of neurotoxic and genotoxic effects. Is this fear mongering? No.

Five other provinces (Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and New Brunswick) have already banned the use of cosmetic pesticide based on this information.

A common argument in our province is that because Health Canada says it’s all right, it’s all right.

Anyone who knows how government agencies work will realize that as agency of the Canadian government, Health Canada, is beholden to the North American Free Trade Agreement. As a result, chemical and pesticide companies can sell what they want here. Health Canada completes industry-driven studies (Why would industry say anything bad about its own products?) and takes into consideration no epidemiological evidence (patterns of illness in populations, a cornerstone of public health).

All of the provinces with legislative bans were aware of Health Canada’s policies on cosmetic pesticides but decided that the evidence for potential harm from these substances is strong and listened to their health-care advisers and the public. How can our province continue to be the only province east of Manitoba without a ban to protect its citizens and the environment?

I talk to many other parents and grandparents of small children that are frustrated with the issue and the insensitivity of our current Newfoundland and Labrador government.

So, in the next election, I, (and I suspect many other parents and grandparents) will not be wasting a vote on a government that doesn’t do more to protect the health of our children.

Phil Riggs writes from Glovertown.

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