Pesticides: How Much is too much? (Comments)

Pesticides: How Much is too much? (Comments)

Postby Oscar » Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:13 pm

Comment: Sauvageau: Pesticides: How Much is too much?

From: Denis Sauvageau
To: Elaine M. Hughes ; ;
Cc: ; ; ; ; ; ;
Sent: Friday, September 18, 2009 11:42 PM

Yes indeed we are living in a chemicalized environment.
Check out the David Suzuki report from 2006, "The Food we Eat".
Pesticides are being used by farmers mostly in an attempt to make more money on the farm yet the past decade has seen record government subsidies to agricultural producers in Canada so where is the sustainability of this system? Are we poisoning our food system... for what? Quite the legacy we will be leaving our offspring!!!
Time to rethink where our food is coming from. What have we really gained from the Inudustrialization of agriculture? The empty farm yards and dwindling rural population pretty much sums it up.
Denis Sauvageau
Falher Alberta
(posted with permission. EH)
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Letter: Hughes: Premier Wall - we, the lab rats, are unprotected....

Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 21:44:07 -0600
Subject: PESTICIDES: How Much is too much?

Premier Wall:
...and we, the lab rats, are unprotected from this atrocity!!!
That includes you and your children, Mr. Wall.
Elaine Hughes
Archerwill, SK

How Much is too much?

Q: How much pesticide exposure is too much?
A: Depends on the pesticide. Depends on the person. Depends on the timing and type of exposure.
What we do know is this: Pesticide regulations in the U.S. are well behind much of the rest of the industrialized world. This is mostly because agrichemical corporations like Monsanto have too much influence in Washington, but also because pesticide regulation in the U.S. does not adequately account for things like additive and synergistic effects.
Since the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) regulates most chemicals on a chemical-by-chemical basis, the combined and cumulative effects of a mixture of pesticides are nearly impossible for them to address - and so they usually don't. 1
Given the complexities of chemical causality and disease-formation, the smart solution would be to follow the European Union's lead and adopt the "precautionary principle"2 as the basis for regulatory decision-making. Put simply, this approach prioritizes protecting human health when there is significant doubt about the safety of a product. By contrast, pesticides and industrial chemicals in the U.S. are innocent until proven guilty. It often takes decades to prove a chemical guilty.
Meanwhile, we are exposed to dozens of pesticides in the food we eat, water we drink and air we breathe. People working on farms or living in rural areas near non-organic agricultural fields face even higher exposure levels.
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