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  • must end
    January 27, 2014 - 22:57

    This has got to stop...dead brooks,threatened groundwater,air quality questionable...sounds like we are turning into some kind of mass production type wasteland geared to make a few rich.Is the future of our kids Island worth this...do people have to start boycotting anything made from an Island potato?Maybe......

  • MMurray
    January 27, 2014 - 21:48

    We are not surprised about the potato situation on the island. Crop rotation is essential on PEI; not pesticide use. A concerned former islander.

  • spud
    January 27, 2014 - 18:33

    For every action there is a reaction.somewhere with all the insects and birds killed off by spraying crops there was a natural enemy of the wireworm which used it as part of the food chain. be careful what the next action brings

  • Cathy Corrigan
    January 27, 2014 - 17:46

    When we, the citizens of PEI, understand the connection of land and water as opposed to land and economics, we will not choose to destroy both. When we become the land/water poison of the nation who will consider us as a market...in the stores or restaurants? Just saying.

  • Darcie Lanthier
    January 27, 2014 - 17:12

    Injecting poison directly into the earth doesn't seem like a very good idea. I don't know much about farming but there was a study on PEI that used buckwheat as a control for wireworm. Could we not at least consider safer alternatives before using known carcinogens on our farmland?

  • "healthy crops in a healthy environment is our common goal"
    January 27, 2014 - 16:53

    Perhaps some mention of alternatives...? eg http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/00-047.htm "...Rotations with non-host crops such as onions, lettuce, alfalfa, sunflowers and buckwheat will reduce wireworm populations..."

  • Here's How ItIs
    January 27, 2014 - 16:16

    This island is sinking in chemicals. We need to ban them all not add more to our already depleted soil. We need to consider turning the whole Island going organic. Think of how much tourism that would bring here. People who want a break from all the chemicals and visit a REAL farm with healthy soil and livestock. Get with the times! All of the farmers who are slaves to Cavendish Farms... pay attention, please, before you destroy this island.

    • skeptical environmentalist
      January 28, 2014 - 10:29

      Guess you haven't read all the news about the numerous organic crops the CFIA is finding pesticides in, talk about trying to fool the public. Organic is no solution

  • Annoyed Islander
    January 27, 2014 - 13:51

    "For example, for each potato a P.E.I. farmer harvests from one acre, a Wisconsin farmer harvests two. That’s because of such extensive irrigation that P.E.I. would also like to see expand." Someone needs to get their facts straight! Are these stories just thrown together? Irrigation is NOT the major reason for the differences in production between PEI and the US. They have class one soil and a longer growing season. We will never be able to compete with US production so I'm not sure why we are trying.

  • Richard
    January 27, 2014 - 13:07

    Maybe it's time to talk again about PEI doing something really great. What if PEI became the 1st ever province to go totally organic? There would be several years of adjustment for farmers and consumers alike but in the end we would all be eating food that was better for us and we as a population would have done something really special for ourselves , our children and our childrens's children. Not only would the food be healthier for us but it tastes better too. Many people will poo-poo the idea but it can be done with the support of the people and the different levels of Government. First we need some politicians to step up and do something that is good for all Islanders and for the future of the whole province. It's time to stop giving in to corporate lobbyists who represent the chemical and seed companies and mega food producers. Let's go PEI and do something really GREAT. PEI - Canada's garden province and totally organic!

    • intobed
      January 27, 2014 - 16:47

      Agreed. The way most farming is done on PEI is not sustainable. Did you know that small farms feed over 70% of the world? I believe that organic, or near organic, is the way to go. http://www.worldwatch.org/node/4060

  • Where is this coming from
    January 27, 2014 - 12:00

    As a farmer, I'm starting to seriously question whether the potato board is deliberately trying to destroy the reputation of potato farmers. No one from the board asked for my thoughts on fumigation, just like they didn't ask me about irrigation. This sounds like another Cavendish Farms campaign. Please stop giving us a black eye by going to the newspaper to lobby for things that we farmers do not want or need. Get real! Who is driving this bus????

  • Potato Fan
    January 27, 2014 - 11:48

    Hmmm, so I guess that means that it is very likely that those US potatoes we buy in the grocery store in late spring and summer could come from fumigated ground.

  • greed over health?
    January 27, 2014 - 10:50

    Yes, lets drill a well and throw a known carcinogen down it. Sounds like the stupidest idea I've heard in a long time. Sad that the focus is on money money money.... Who cares about the air we breathe and the water tables we drink from. I just hope a real scientist is the one making this decision. But we all know it won't be.

    • Quiet Observer
      January 27, 2014 - 11:38

      Funny, you ask that real science make the decision, yet you spout off rhetoric and fear mongering at the same time. I am neither for nor against the soil fumigation as I don't know enough about it. So, if you know, and I repeat, KNOW, the science enough to back-up your rhetoric, please share it with us.

    • UPWESTER
      January 27, 2014 - 12:13

      We have the highest cancer rates in the country and the farmers want to add another carcinogen? Are we living in the land of Oz? They haven't even got the answer on deep wells yet (maybe they have) and now they want to add another carcinogen to the mix? It's a Billion Dollar enterprise,they say, Goldman Sachs paid one of its hedge fund managers a Billion Dollars last year, to put a Billion Dollars in perpesctive..

  • PEISLANDER
    January 27, 2014 - 10:45

    Hmmm...Die of Cancer or a nice looking potato...Which do I choose?

    • UPWESTER
      January 27, 2014 - 17:02

      You don't get to choose. Cavendish will get all the best potatoes for fries, off Islanders will get the best table stock and as like now, we will be left with the scabby, sunburned undersized culled potatoes that we are getting now. Don't kid yourself, this is not about you or me.

  • There is no harm in little bit of cancer
    January 27, 2014 - 10:21

    Before this request is considered they should be required to prove their competence with these chemicals by going 20 years with no fish kill.

  • intobed
    January 27, 2014 - 09:25

    The potato farmers want to dump more toxic chemicals on my Island? They want more land, they want more water, they want more chemicals. Why am I not surprised. The way of farming on PEI must change.

    • mmurray
      January 27, 2014 - 21:32

      Crop diversity really needs to happen on this island. Therefore the government needs to say NO to toxic chemicals. My husband and I are not surprised about this problem. A concerned former islander living in Winnipeg, Manitoba