Another individual told us about the time he was riding on a bike trail on a windy day. As he rode by a field, a rig was applying some sort of chemical and the wind blew it towards him. He tried to hold his breath as he went by and was upset by the experience. He had some headaches afterwards, but figured it could be for any particular reason. Maybe he pushed too hard and didn't stay hydrated. No one was really hurt by it, so maybe he should just let it pass.
You live in Iowa, so deal with it.
It's time to get over that attitude. It is becoming clear that our continuing OVERUSE and MISUSE of chemicals for horticulture, agriculture and for our own 'lawn vanity' has costs that we should be unwilling to pay.
On May 10 of this year, the Pesticide Action Network held a press conference announcing the release of their report on pesticides and their impacts on children. If you would like to read about this press conference, you can go here: https://iowaenvironmentalfocus.org/tag/pesticide-action-network/
|Carmen Black and Mark Quee|
Also at this event was Kent Boyum, who is a board member for the Iowa Organic Association with Rob. IOA decided that they wanted to stand behind this report after a few of the members reviewed the document. The research is sound and I personally feel that the authors worked very hard to say ONLY what the research is saying. They do this even though it is so tempting to extrapolate what only seems logical beyond what the research says.
The Report is Here
Of course, more research is needed and will be important. However, there is, in my opinion, enough here that we need to be setting up to take action. We have energy and knowledge within the scientific community to develop these chemicals. That means we should have the same kind of energy to find ways to limit their use and better target their application. It also means that we have the ability to work harder to be absolutely sure we have a sound knowledge of both short-term and long-term effects of chemical application.
Tammy and I are convinced that PAN is a good organization that is trying to help collect information and advocate for approaches that prevent application of chemicals that can adversely affect health. Emily Marquez put some amazing effort into developing the most recent report. This report is not about demonizing people who use chemicals, nor is it about making people who opt not to use them angels.
What is it about? It's about admitting that the things we do impact those around us. It's about realizing mistakes we make and looking for ways to correct them as we discover them. It's about opening our eyes and forcing ourselves to stop ignoring problems that are in front of them. We have a problem (or a set of them) and we need to address it.
Start by taking a little time and reading this report.