Cut brush, don’t spray harmful chemicals

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I write regarding the editorial “Chemical soup” in The Telegram on Aug. 27. The toxic pesticide 2,4-D should not be sprayed along the province’s highways. The science shows 2,4-D is linked to cancers (including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma), neurological illness, miscarriages and birth defects. It is banned throughout Scandinavia.

Everyone agrees drivers need sightlines free of obstruction, but we should be using mechanical methods, not poisonous chemicals, to achieve this.

If the northern Europeans can keep their roads safe without 2,4-D, so can we.


Gideon Forman, executive director, Canadian Association

of Physicians for the Environment, Toronto

Organizations: Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

Geographic location: Toronto

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  • Denise
    September 05, 2013 - 19:47

    Red Bull is also banned in many countries. Ibuprofen also kills millions of people every year.