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Lynn DiTullio: Resist use of pesticides in our environment

To the Editor:

The other day, while strolling home through Easthampton’s lovely village streets, I saw at the back entrance to the Center/Pepin Elementary School a nice little garden, a wrought iron sign urging one to “dream” and a warning sign for a pesticide application.

I wondered why there was a need to apply pesticides on a postage-stamp-sized area mostly covered with wood chips, where children were all the time.

Somehow, despite all the knowledge gained over the past three decades, we continue to poison ourselves and our children. In the summer I regularly get a letter from a company urging me to use their products to rid my lawn of dandelions (and who knows what else). Dandelions never killed anyone, but somehow they are the enemy, not this firm spreading poisons.

We are living in a chemical soup, eating highly processed foods laced with chemicals and experiencing exploding levels of sickness and death.

As with the global warming issue, some continue to insist there is no direct link, but the evidence is becoming overwhelming.

Perhaps we can begin to end this by questioning these applications of poison at our children’s schools, and at our workplaces, and at city hall, and at the Statehouse (MassPIRG has been a leader in these efforts). And we can begin by never using these poisons at home, and avoiding processed food, and using green cleaning products. It’s a start.

Lynn DiTullio

Easthampton

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