The guest opinion column in The Guardian of August 6 by Lloyd Kerry titled, "Cut the farmer some slack in debate over pesticides," started with the sentence, "Hardly a day goes by without seeing a cry in the media on how the farming industry on P.E.I. is poisoning Islanders with tons of pesticides." As much as I dislike pesticides, I agree that farmers need be given some slack as they weren't the ones that made agricultural policy or designed the curriculum in ag colleges and universities.
That first paragraph continued, "In her letter ("Pathway of poisons is expensive') Sandra Boswell warns of the poisons governments allow people to put on their lawns and fields. She mentions side effects: ‘anorexia, vomiting, muscle weakness, slowed heart rate, etc.' This is true, and more debate needs to take place on the use and misuse of pesticides." Yes, there needs be honest dialogue.