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Ask State to Strengthen Pesticide Regulations
In two days of hearings before the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC), the only common ground was a concession by many farmers that OPs were dangerous. The sides were sharply divided, however, about the advisability of instituting more protective regulations.
The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and the Environmental Health Strategy Center joined MTAC and EM in supporting the three petitions. They were joined by numerous citizens, some first hand victims of pesticide drift. Recently appointed Commissioner of Agriculture Seth Bradstreet opposed the petitions, and was joined by the Maine Farm Bureau, representatives of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Department of Forest Management, the Maine Vegetable and Small Fruit Growers Association, the Maine Wild Blueberry Commission, the Maine Potato Board, the Maine Forest Products Council, the Maine Agricultural Bargaining Council, and professional pesticide applicators and growers.
Maine Residents: Express Your Views on Aerial Spraying of Pesticides, Organophosphates, and Citizens' Right to Know (MOFGA Action Alert)
Public Comment Period Closes on April 14th
The Board of Pesticides Control recently held a public hearing on proposed rules that would ban aerial spraying, ban one of the most toxic classes of pesticides, and increase our right to know about pesticides in our communities. See related story. A public comment period is under way and will close at 4:00 pm on April 14th.
MOFGA is working with the Toxics Action Center to encourage the Board to adopt these important rules. Please join us in this effort. You may send comments to:
State surveys show that the blueberry industry sprays at least fifteen different toxic pesticides in our communities. Of these pesticides:
Board of Pesticides Control studies show clearly that aerially sprayed pesticides are drifting directly into Maine's waterways. Community groups have also recorded pesticide drift in Maine using scientific air sampling devices. Banning aerial spraying won't cause economic problems, given that the two largest agribusinesses in Maine, Cherryfield Foods and Jasper Wyman and Son, have already stopped aerial spraying.
Our Right to Know?