Islanders unaware of Carbaryl danger

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Editor: Professor Roger Gordon, a retired biologist and former Dean of Science at UPEI, wrote an excellent essay concerning the many dangers of using Sevin or Carbaryl by lawn spraying companies to control chinch bugs in lawns. Maybe some Islanders don’t realize you can’t get rid of chinch bugs unless you replace the entire lawn so spraying pesticides is useless and a waste of money.

Maybe some Island potato farmers don’t need to spray insecticides every week but are following advice from chemical companies who are always trying to boost sales. In 2010, a group of U.S. scientists concluded from studying 56,285 pesticide applicators that people who applied Carbaryl on a routine basis are 1.7 times more likely to contract skin melanoma which could explain why P.E.I. has the highest rate of skin cancer in Canada. It appears most Islanders are very ignorant about all the dangers of using Carbaryl insecticide including potato farmers because nothing else makes sense.

David Steeves,

Charlottetown

Geographic location: U.S., P.E.I., Canada Charlottetown

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