Is John Bryden Anti-Health? June 16,
MP, John Bryden recently came out in opposition of the call for a
ban on cosmetic pesticides. Frankly, such an ill-informed/economically-based
position makes me afraid for the life of my 2 ½ year old, indeed all of
Canada's children who may be innocently exposed to cosmetic pesticides applied
to lawns, parks, municipal areas and other greenscapes.
("Pesticides..." by House of Commons Standing Committee on the Environment and
Sustainable Development) clearly demonstrates the need for immediate and
profound action on pesticide legislation based on voluminous studies (both
Canadian and international), presentations and expert depositions. The bulk of
scientific information on which this report is based, links exposure to the
vast majority of pesticides with acute and chronic health conditions including
childhood/adult cancers, neurological disorders, behavioural/developmental
conditions and fetal anomalies. The study further notes that the highest risk
group, by far, is children.
If Mr. Bryden believes that scientific
studies still fail to offer clear links between pesticides and ill-health, he
is frighteningly 'out of the loop' on the ever growing number of independent
(i.e. non-Pesticide Industry funded) studies and reports that demonstrate these
links. Those researchers who study the entire pesticide formulation, not just a
selected ingredient, and who are NOT funded by the likes of Monsanto et al,
typically show alarming relationships between pesticide exposure and the
afore-mentioned health conditions.
His comment that, a ban on these
toxic substances would force lawn-care companies "out of business", is simply
unfounded and illogical. He, quite obviously, has NOT done his homework about
the state of bio-friendly lawn/garden-care solutions. 'Organic' lawn management
practices (which are often equally if not more effective than chemical
applications) have been successfully employed for millennia. Thanks to a
growing group of 'forward-thinking' green-thumbs, these practices are showing
an incredible resurgence.
Lawn-care companies are no stranger to these
practices and will not only survive, they will thrive on the re-introduction of
these time-honoured and eco/health-friendly solutions.
Does Mr. Bryden
think that weed/pest management simply didn't exist prior to the development of
chemical pesticides (most were developed during/after WW2)? Please! I wonder if
John Bryden's real concern is the negligible effect such a ban would have on
large pesticide manufacturers, an industry that not only funds self-serving
studies in many educational institutions such as U. of Guelph) but may well
contribute to certain political campaigns!
Enough nonsense, Bryden. Our
children's health is the priority... not political survival..
Frazer, Canadians Against Pesticides