Posted by Amy Shimmick, a resident of the Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline neighborhood, on Jan 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm
This is wonderful news! I hope the end of broadcast spraying is near, and that we soon join the ranks of the no-spray counties: Marin, Santa Cruz and Mendocino. Three cheers to Supervisors Pine and Horsley for moving our county toward a more sustainable, less toxic path.
Posted by Carr, a resident of another community, on Mar 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm
Hooray! I would like to say that I am one of the thousands, perhaps millions, who are chemcially sensitive, and pesticides/herbicides pose a huge health risk for me. After a pesticide overexposure at work, I became hyper-sensitive to all manners of chemcials and synthetic fragrances. While much of my sensitivity has ebbed (after 2+ years of having to live a very secluded life), the one class/type of chemical that I remain severely reactive to is pesticides.
Every spring, in particular, I suffer terribly from the RoundUp and other herbicides and insecticides that some neighbors use I live in California). It's torture; I often have to evacuate my home when closing the windows is insufficient to keep the particles out. Pesticides are woefully understudied, and the few studies that are done are performed by the industry shilling them. How many pesticides were initially deemed safe only to emerge later as major toxics, e.g. DDT, Agent Orange, Dursban, and now, RoundUp (and so many others). Seriosuly, it's common sense folks-if it's designed to kill living organisms by messig with the nervous or endocrine system, it's going to harm us well. Most of these poisons bioaccumulate over time, so what may seem like a low-dose now becomes a megadose over the course of a few years. Better safe than sorry. You do not, I repeat, NOT want to go through what I went through. Horrible, horrible experience, and I have yet to fully recover from it.
In "Scientific American," June 23, 2009. "Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to HUman Cells"