Glyphosate con­cerns, watch­ing foxes, wa­ter-butt ad­vice

Amateur Gardening - - This Week In Gardening -

AS a con­tem­po­rary of Margaret Harris, who wrote about the use of glyphosate (AG, 17 Novem­ber), and also in good health though not a veg­e­tar­ian, I can well re­mem­ber the en­thu­si­as­tic use by my par­ents of DDT spray on the al­lot­ment, in the gar­den and the house.

My fa­ther also used a dan­ger­ous mer­cury com­pound that I think was called calomel, into which he dipped the roots of lit­tle cab­bage plants as they were trans­planted.

How­ever, anec­do­tal ev­i­dence is not proper ev­i­dence and it is cer­tainly im­por­tant to have ac­cu­rate sci­en­tific re­search into this very im­por­tant mat­ter.

Dr Rhoda Pip­pen, Cardiff

DDT pes­ti­cide was banned in 1984

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