Gideon Forman, Edmonton Journal
Published: Monday, March 17
Re: "Pesticides scrutinized," Ted Menzies, Letters, March 14
When it comes to pesticides, we should indeed examine the science, which shows Ontario's lawn and garden pesticide ban works well. A Ministry of Environment study found that, following introduction of that province's pesticide prohibition, concentrations of some pesticides in urban streams went down as much as 97 per cent.
The ban also protects bees, whose contribution to our food supply is absolutely essential. It has also helped protect our drinking water and food. Such a ban in Edmonton would have similar benefits.
Executive director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment Gideon Forman