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Pesticides? Think twice - The St. John’s Telegram


June 18, 2011
The St. John’s Telegram

Pesticides? Think twice

Thinking of having your lawn sprayed for weeds this summer? Here are the facts. This is the time of year when most people, looking at their lawns, decide it’s time to get rid of the weeds and bugs, and ask a lawn care company to do it for them.

Herbicides and pesticides are applied by a person wearing a mask, gloves, safety glasses and, in some cases, some sort of a safety suit.

Ask yourself — is this in any way good for you?

Vapours and liquid runoff from these pesticides blow all over neighbourhoods, enter the water table, your air exchangers, gardens, small food crops.

They are on your pet’s feet and in birds.

The science is speaking loud and clear through independent studies as to why this is bad:

“Infants are exposed to pesticides through their mother’s milk” (Soloman, G.M., and Weiss, P.M. Environmental Health Perspectives, 2002)

“(M)ost studies on nonHodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia showed positive associations with pesticide exposure.” (Bassil, K.L. et al. Canadian Family Physician, 2007)

“(T)here is a persuasive link between 2,4 D and cancer.” (Sears, M. et al. Pediatrics and Child Health, 2006)

“(P)otential links to cancers such as childhood brain cancer, child and adult leukemia, and neuroblastoma.” (Pinto, R. Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division)


“A number of the studies on children found increased risk of cancer associated with critical periods of exposure, both prenatal and postnatal, and with parental exposure at work.” (Bassil, K.L. et al. Canadian Family Physician, 2007)

“(C)ohort studies all found significant positive associations between pesticide exposure and brain cancer.” (Sanborn, M. et al. Ontario College of Family Physicians, 2004)

“(F)our case-control studies all found statistically significant positive associations between pesticide exposure and kidney cancer.” (Sanborn, M. et al. Ontario College of Family Physicians. 2004)

Is it any wonder why using pesticides and herbicides for cosmetic purposes are banned in Ontario, Quebec, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and, soon, British Columbia?

That’s because they’re very bad for your health.

For the sake of your children, and yourself, kindly say no to using pesticides on your lawns and gardens.

Based on the evidence, it’s not worth it.

Andrew Riggs
St. John’s
http://www.thetelegram.com/Opinion/Letters-to-the-editor-13424
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