Gideon Forman – Pesticide Ban – No Longer Taken Seriously – Calgary, Alberta – 2011 12 27
DECEMBER 27th, 2011
LETTER TO THE EDITOR ― MEDIA RELEASE
RESPONSE TO GIDEON FORMAN
IS PROHIBITION NECESSARY ?!?!
While FEIGNING INCREDULOUSNESS with MOCK-DEPRESSION, Gideon Forman reported that he is NOT HAPPY about the City of Calgary …
« As another year ends, it’s depressing that Calgary still doesn’t protect its citizens from TOXIC lawn chemicals. » [ ?!?! ]
Ostensibly, Forman wants Calgary City Council to IMPLEMENT a PROHIBITION of pest control products in the Urban Landscape.
Why is PROHIBITION necessary ?!?!
How did Forman arrive at the conclusion that products used in Professional Lawn Care are somehow « toxic » ?!?!
Was his ASSESSMENT based upon his vast scientific knowledge of pest control products ?!?! [ No ! ]
Did Forman ASSESS these products after spending time and money carefully studying their effects on health and environment ?!?! [ No ! ]
Is Forman, who is a MERE FUND-RAISER for an Anti-Pesticide Organization, COMPETENT to give ANY advice concerning these issues ?!?! [ No ! ]
In fact, Forman is WRONG and is NO LONGER TAKEN SERIOUSLY.
Pest control products are SCIENTIFICALLY SAFE.
PEST CONTROL PRODUCTS ARE SCIENTIFICALLY-SAFE
The ASSESSMENT proving that pest control products are SCIENTIFICALLY-SAFE is a process that can take up to TEN YEARS and COST HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.
Only those pest control products that pose NO UNACCEPTABLE RISK to human health or the environment become HEALTH-CANADA-APPROVED and FEDERALLY-LEGAL.
Canada has one of the MOST STRINGENT REGULATORY APPROVAL SYSTEMS in the world.
What regulatory system does Forman base HIS assessments on ?!?!
Health Canada requires each new pest control product to go through about TWO-HUNDRED SEPARATE TESTS to examine health and environmental impacts as well as value.
This represents two-hundred MORE tests than Gideon Forman EVER used to back up ANY of his statements AGAINST pest control products.
And the cost to manufacturers to get a pest control product from the lab to store shelves is about 250 MILLION DOLLARS.
This represents 250 million dollars MORE than what Gideon Forman EVER paid to back up ANY of his Anti-Pesticide statements.
Consequently, Gideon Forman is NO LONGER TAKEN SERIOUSLY.
It is NO SURPRISE that Calgary City Council is NOT LISTENING to Forman.
Government Officials are no longer as easily coerced into agreeing with Anti-Pesticide Activists like Forman since they have been warned in advance !
Calgary City Council has seen what has been happening in Eastern Canada !
Calgary City Council is also aware that the Province of Alberta WILL NOT legislate Anti-Pesticide PROHIBITION
POSITION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA
On August 9th, 2011, the Government of Alberta stated that it STRONGLY SUPPORTS the use of SCIENCE-BASED EVIDENCE when assessing pest control products.
Moreover, the Government of Alberta WILL NOT CREATE RESTRICTIONS OR LAWS THAT CONFLICT WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, that is relied upon for health and safety assessments.
According the Government of Alberta, restricting access to products that are designed and approved to be used safely CONFLICTS with its assessment of the public’s need for access to all tools available for controlling a variety of pests.
The government has monitored Anti-Pesticide PROHIBITIONS over the past few years and the approaches taken by other jurisdictions, and has found THE BASIS FOR ACTION CONFUSING AND INCONSISTENT.
It has also monitored the sale and use of pest control products in the Major Urban Landscapes in Alberta, and has concluded that there is a CONTINUED NEED AND SUPPORT for such products, whether it be for weed, insect, or disease control.
Restricting access to products that are designed and approved to be used safely CONFLICTS WITH ALBERTA’S ASSESSMENT of the public’s need for access to all tools available for controlling a variety of pests.
ALBERTA ENVIRONMENT AND WATER is the agency of the Government of Alberta that is responsible for the provincial regulation of pest control products.
For more information about Alberta and other VICTORIES Against Anti-Pesticide PROHIBITION, go to the following link …
Government Officials PAY NO SERIOUS ATTENTION to Non-Expert Anti-Pesticide Activists like Gideon Forman.
Government Officials understand that activists like Forman have HUGE VESTED INTERESTS IN PERPETUATING IMAGINARY DANGERS about pest control products BECAUSE THEY ARE PAID TO DO SO.
Moreover, Anti-Pesticide Activists like Forman are THE LEAST QUALIFIED TO PROVIDE ANY ADVICE concerning pest control products.
They are NOT CREDIBLE experts on pest control products.
This PROBLEM WITH LACK-OF-ACTIVIST-CREDIBILITY reflects the overall larger problem with ALL Anti-Pesticide Activists.
There are NO Anti-Pesticide Activists who are scientists or researchers with credentials in the field of pest control products.
They are NOT COMPETENT to talk about pest control products.
For more information about Gideon Forman, go to the following link …
THE MYTH OF CANCER
Gideon Forman reports that …
« Calgary continues to allow these poisons to be used, despite the fact they’re linked to CANCER and birth defects. » [ ?!?! ]
Forman is UTTERLY and TOTALLY WRONG !
There are NO pest control products that are known or probable carcinogens.
It is a MYTH to believe that pest control products somehow cause cancer.
There are THOUSANDS OF DEATHS per year from KNOWN CANCER-CAUSING SUBSTANCES such as cigarette smoke and alcohol.
There is NOT ONE KNOWN CANCER DEATH from the proper use of pest control products used in the Urban Landscape.
Conventional pest control products are SAFE, EFFECTIVE, ECONOMICAL, LOW-RISK, and SCIENTIFICALLY SAFE, and NO HARM WILL OCCUR when they are used according to label directions.
For more information about The MYTH of Cancer, go to the following link …
THERE ARE NO VALID GREEN ALTERNATIVES
Gideon Forman ALLEGES that …
« The situation is especially galling because homeowners can easily maintain their properties with effective, non-toxic products. » [ ?!?! ]
Again, Forman is COMPLETELY WRONG !
Overall, Green Alternative Pesticides are INEFFECTIVE, INADEQUATE, HIGH-RISK, MORE TOXIC, and STUNNINGLY EXPENSIVE !
There are NO viable, efficacious, economical, or low-risk alternatives to replace conventional pest control products.
Green Alternative Pesticides are BOGUS and DISMAL FAILURES ― they DO NOT WORK and they are NOT INNOVATIVE products.
Green Alternative Pesticides are NOT SAFER, NOT BETTER, and NOT MORE EFFECTIVE.
A well-maintained lawn and landscape can ONLY BE ACHIEVED WITH CONVENTIONAL pest control products and fertilizers.
Fortunately, CONVENTIONAL pest control products are SAFE, EFFECTIVE, ECONOMICAL, and LOW-RISK.
Green Alternative Pesticides and even Organic Fertilizers often CONTAIN LIVING PATHOGENIC ORGANISMS, FERMENTED MATERIALS, OR METALS THAT MAY BE DEEMED UNSAFE FOR CHILDREN, ADULTS, AND THE ENVIRONMENT.
In many cases, Green Alternative Pesticides are questionably HIGHER IN TOXICITY, and pose HIGHER ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS.
For more information about Green Alternative Pesticides … BOGUS & DISMAL FAILURES, go to the following link …
PROHIBITION IS NOT NECESSARY
PROHIBITION is NOT necessary because, overall, when pest control products are used properly, there are NO harmful irreversible effects to health and the environment !
In fact, pest control products used in the Urban Landscape are …
● Safe For Children *
● Good for the Environment
* Except when stored improperly in the home.
Furthermore, pest control products used in the Urban Landscape …
● Cause No Harm
● Do Not Cause Cancer
● Do Not Run-Off Into Lakes and Streams
● Enhance the Urban Landscape
WILLIAM H. GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G
NORAHG is the National Organization Responding Against HUJE that seek to harm the Green space industry.
NORAHG morally represents the VAST SILENT MAJORITY of people associated with turf and ornamental plant maintenance who are OPPOSED to Anti Pesticide PROHIBITION and the CLOSURE or ABANDONMENT of green spaces under the RIDICULOUS PRETEXT of somehow « saving » the environment.
NORAHG is a NATIONAL NON PROFIT NON PARTISAN organization that does not accept money from corporations or governments or trade associations, and represents NO VESTED INTERESTS WHATSOEVER.
NORAHG is dedicated to reporting the work of RESPECTED and HIGHLY RATED EXPERTS who promote ENVIRONMENTAL REALISM and PESTICIDE TRUTHS.
For more information about NORAHG Letters to the Editor, go to …