Stop pesticide spraying now

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Editor: I am extremely concerned with the perpetual application of pesticides on P.E.I. Last summer I would frantically gather our pets, close my windows and remain indoors when the weekly sound of the sprayer erupted from the adjacent potato field. Yesterday I was conversing with a neighbour. She relayed that they had planted several pine trees along their property line. These trees were thriving up until the farmer behind their property sprayed the field. Shortly after that application all of these newly planted trees died. If this is what pesticides are doing to the trees, then what are they doing to our citizens, water systems, wildlife, fish, produce and micro-organisms. My personal observation and the comments that I have heard from multiple Islanders is that we need to stop pesticides spraying on P.E.I. now.

I am overwhelmed by reports of people developing and dying of cancer. I have been informed that P.E.I. has one of the highest cancer rates in Canada. I do not think that this is a coincidence. The pesticide manufacturers imply that the chemicals that they are using are safe.  This is misleading and is actually not permitted in any advertising of a pesticide.

Islanders are being treated like guinea pigs by being exposed to pesticides against their will. There is greater potential risk than the second hand cigarette smoke issue. The chloropicrin pilot project is slated to occur at an undisclosed location on P.E.I. this year. The company conducting the fumigation in conjunction with Environment Canada is closely monitoring the application. Would purchasers buy these strawberries if they knew they were genetically modified and sprayed with chemicals? Is it fair to expose anyone to this new chemical?

My husband’s lifetime dream has been to reside in P.E.I. He spent every summer growing up in P.E.I with his grandparents. His goal was to live on the Island, reside in the house that his great grandfather built and retire in P.E.I. That dream and goal is rapidly deteriorating.

Georgina Markov,

Tyne Valley RR

Organizations: Environment Canada

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

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