Another meet­ing to talk pes­ti­cides

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

There is no good rea­son to poi­son our en­vi­ron­ment with cos­metic pes­ti­cides. Hav­ing al­ready suf­fered from the ef­fects of these in an Aus­tralia col­lege set­ting I sus­tained per­ma­nent lung dam­age which caused me to have to leave my po­si­tion at the col­lege. Re­main­ing staff and some stu­dents who had also suf­fered in­sti­tuted a class ac­tion suit against the col­lege.

At the time I was so ill and ap­a­thetic about pes­ti­cides hav­ing pre­vi­ously demon­strated and ob­jected long and hard I don’t know what the out­come of that law­suit was. I do know that the ducks on the col­lege ponds all died and au­top­sies showed their bod­ies con­tained her­bi­cides, fungi­cides and in­sec­ti­cides. My Aus­tralia doc­tor mar­veled on my sur­vival af­ter he read the list of poi­sons used by the col­lege. One of our num­ber sus­tained tem­po­rary blind­ness due to the use of clean­ing chem­i­cals.

So, yet again de­spite mak­ing known the views of all us dis­si­dents who are ab­so­lutely against cos­metic pes­ti­cides the Town of Stratford is hold­ing yet another meet­ing on the evening of Tues­day, July 7, in or­der that peo­ple may voice their views. That 74 per cent, so I be­lieve, of Stratford res­i­dents do not use pes­ti­cides is ap­par­ently still not enough ev­i­dence to ban these poi­sons. Hi­lary Prince, Stratford

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