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Letter: Stop using pesticides/herbicides in Kamloops

If this pandemic has taught us nothing else, we should realize how precious it is to have good health
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Editor:

Bronwen Scott’s letter of Oct. 13 (‘Pesticide policy stuck in the past’) was excellent.

In this day and age, when lawsuits against makers of Round­up and Paraquat have been all over the media, stating illnesses such as cancers and Parkinson’s have been caused by them, it certainly is time to stand up and take notice.

When I was a child, I recall lying in the grass, hunting for four-leaf clovers. We had weeds in our lawn. Who didn’t ?

No one tripped on them. No one was hurt by them.

Very few kids back then had asthma or cancers.

These days, people are spraying toxins in and around their homes, our city sprays pesticides/herbicides in parks and on school grounds and the federal government is allowing even more use of Roundup on foods grown in Canada.

Several illnesses can be prevented. When we know pesticides/herbicides are toxic, when we know they can cause severe illnesses like leukemia, Parkinson’s, asthma and chemical sensitivities — to name only a few — why would we keep using them?

I have always been in awe of Scott’s tremendous knowledge about our area and pesticides/herbicides

I wish the City of Kamloops would ask her to be their consultant on pesticide/herbicide matters.

If this pandemic has taught us nothing else, we should realize how precious it is to have good health.

Anything we can do to keep our loved ones and ourselves healthy should be done.

Diane Czyzewski

Kamloops