Cos­metic pes­ti­cides are a grow­ing con­cern

Vancouver Sun - - WEEKEND REVIEW -

Re: Pes­ti­cide de­ci­sion must re­spect sci­en­tific ev­i­dence, Ed­i­to­rial, June 6

While the connection be­tween pes­ti­cides and cancer isn’t con­clu­sive, the Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety is very con­cerned about the grow­ing body of ev­i­dence sug­gest­ing pes­ti­cides may in­crease the risk of sev­eral types of can­cers.

The Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety main­tains that the health of Bri­tish Columbians should take prece­dence over per­fect lawns.

Enough is known to be pru­dent and pre­vent ex­po­sure to chil­dren, es­pe­cially when the use of th­ese chem­i­cals is un­nec­es­sary.

In this re­spect, pro­hibit­ing the use of cos­metic pes­ti­cides is both re­spon­si­ble and re­spect­ful of the state of the sci­en­tific ev­i­dence.

We hope Premier Christy Clark and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Terry Lake con­tinue to sup­port elim­i­nat­ing the use of cos­metic pes­ti­cides in B. C. Wouldn’t we all rather be safe than sorry? BAR­BARA KAMIN­SKY Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety, B. C. and Yukon

The ed­i­to­rial has it back­wards when it sug­gests sci­en­tific ev­i­dence does not sup­port a ban on cos­metic pes­ti­cides.

The Spe­cial Com­mit­tee on Cos­metic Pes­ti­cides ac­cepted the ar­gu­ments of the pes­ti­cide in­dus­try PR flacks as “sci­ence” and com­mit­tee chair Bill Ben­nett dis­missed peo­ple who sup­port a ban as “po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated left wing con­spir­acy the­o­rists.”

That in­cludes the Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety, Cana­dian Pae­di­atric So­ci­ety, Cana­dian Breast Cancer Foun­da­tion, the Col­lege and As­so­ci­a­tion of Regis­tered Nurses of Al­berta, the Pub­lic Health As­so­ci­a­tion of B. C. and the Lung As­so­ci­a­tion.

Premier Clark should ad­mit she made an er­ror in ap­point­ing the bi­ased Bill Ben­nett to head the com­mit­tee and fol­low through on her cam­paign prom­ise to ban cos­metic pes­ti­cides. COLIN MILES Van­cou­ver

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