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Editor: It is time for all Islanders to move out of their comfort zone, do their own research on the facts this decision will be based on. There is so much misinformation regarding the benefits of the potato industry to P.E.I.'s economy out there already. How can this industry contribute $1 billion to this small economy, when Stats Canada reports total farm gate receipts from Agriculture at a little over $400 million per year.

Has anyone assessed the health care costs resulting from the by products used with growing potatoes? We are the Cancer Capital of Canada.

Irrigating potatoes will only cause these poisons to be returned to our water table in larger quantities and at a faster rate.

The annual recharge rate on P.E.I. could not possibly be the same in all areas of the province due to the different types of soils found in all parts of the province.

This is an excellent example of how the spin-doctors misrepresent the facts to confuse Islanders on what is true and what is not.

Neil Young stepped up to expose the tar sands in Alberta, do we have any credible scientists here who are willing to stand up and present the real facts? Time will tell.

Our body is made up of mostly water, we can live maybe three days without it, but cancer can take years to kill you. David Suzuki was here a few years ago talking about how interconnected our water table truly is. He is an independent scientist without any financial gain in the potato industry here, his opinion should be objective.

Let us join together once and for all to protect our children and grandchildren.

Wayne MacKinnon,


Organizations: Cancer Capital

Geographic location: P.E.I., Canada, Alberta

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