Friday, January 21, 2011

"Cape Must Protect Aquifer from Effects of Pesticides"

Laura Kelley's latest Letter to the Editor was published this morning in the Cape Cod Times. I'm reprinting her words here, in case you missed them:

"Many residents are concerned about the quality of drinking water on Cape Cod and want to see it protected from the adverse effects of pesticides. Emerging science indicates even small amounts of synthetic chemicals can affect the endocrine system, reproduction, genetics, sperm production and susceptibility to cancer.

Pesticides are made to kill and have not been fully tested with regard to the future of our environment, effects on wildlife and risks to public health. Toxic runoff will contaminate drinking water, fish and the foods we grow.

We must educate ourselves about the risks and seek alternatives when treating our land and choosing household cleaning products. Please join a Capewide effort to protect residents, tourists and our sole-source aquifer from contamination.

We are the stewards of Cape Cod. Whether you are a homeowner, business owner, golf course superintendent or landscaper, each one of us matters in helping to preserve and protect our unique habitat! What we do today affects the near future."

Let's hope this letter sparks a greater awareness of the toxic effects of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, all synthetic chemicals introduced after World War II, and will motivate everyone to seek alternatives!