I wish to comment on the two letters of July 16 - the first by Gary Schneider entitled, 'We can no longer close our eyes', and the second by Derek Key entitled, 'Blaming farmers for fish kills'.
I have suspected that governments are turning farmers into the scapegoats for government's reluctance to infringe on the profits of the corporate community even when their own scientists warn of the harm in the use of chemical poisons.
If governments really wanted to protect the fish, land, plants and people (instead of courting corporate funding to ensure their own elections) they would provide laboratories to test for the real danger in all the ingredients in the products which they have assured the farming community are safe.
It appears to be a media sport to belittle farmers. I would like to remind all non-farmers that we are all feeding from the same trough, which our number one industry is filling. Even though the Canadian public is increasingly becoming more urban, most of us are aware of and grateful for the wisdom, hard work and care of our farmers.
Marion E. MacCallum,