Pesticides now a political issue

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Editor: Pesticides have been in the media a lot lately. And it's not good news.

- National Geographic is calling them a "Second Silent Spring," referring to biologist Rachel Carson's groundbreaking book written 50-plus years ago about the harmful effects of pesticides;

- The Globe and Mail released an article about pesticides being linked to causing autism from a recent study in California;

- the Ontario government just announced they are taking action by planning to reduce or eliminate the use of neonicotinoids - a class of pesticides implicated in the mass deaths of bees.

And the problem on P.E.I. is that we use a disproportionate amount of pesticides for such a small area. We spray our lawns with cosmetic pesticides, we have a lot of golf courses that use large amounts of pesticides and the biggest culprit of all is the 85,000 acres of potatoes that are sprayed up to 20 times a season.  

Let's hope the government of P.E.I. takes swift action, especially given the recent onslaught of scientific proof of the detrimental effects and bans cosmetic pesticides which so many people have been asking for, for so many years. It's gotten old and tired, but now that the media is picking it up maybe that will be the incentive for the government to act. Kind of like how Premier Ghiz so quickly changed the legislation on the order of P.E.I. issue.  

Pesticides are a political issue, sadly, and they are impacting the health of the people and the environment of P.E.I., possibly being responsible for our high cancer rates. I think most people would say they believe there is a likely chance for this to be true. Being willfully blind to this cannot continue, not with so much evidence. Who's going to be the politician to step up to this issue?  

Maureen Kerr,

Pesticide Free P.E.I.

Organizations: National Geographic, Globe and Mail

Geographic location: California, P.E.I., Ontario

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