Published: June 07, 2011 5:00 AM
Re: letter to the editor pertaining to pesticide safety, K. Jean Cottam, Williams Lake Tribune, June 2.
It is my understanding that there are many dioxins, but the type primarily found in 2, 4-D has not been demonstrated to be particularly harmful.
I would assume that in view of the fact that more than 1,700 studies about the safety of 2, 4-D have not uncovered ill effects and that it can’t be all that bad.
As for the statement that 2, 4-D was invented for military purposes, I know that is false.
I was raised on a wheat farm and I can remember how delighted my parents were when they first began to use it on their wheat crops in the 1940s.
I have used it for more than 60 years, (I am 83), sometimes to the extent that I could taste it for half an hour after I finished spraying.
I may be an isolated example but I don’t feel it has been harmful for me.
Meanwhile, I am happy to have a lawn without dandelions and a ranch practically free from burdock, kochia, and thistle.