In response to your recent editorial about the health risks associated with pesticides, I offer the following factual information and thoughts ("Understanding pesticide risks," Feb. 19):
It is time to stop spreading a message of fear and instead take a leadership role in educating the public on the safe and effective use of pesticides. The supporters of legislation requiring more stringent monitoring and reporting of pesticide use are scared because they believe that pesticides are dangerous. But they do not have the knowledge or the scientific evidence to support their theories.
The Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health both recommend the use of pesticides to prevent diseases like malaria, West-Nile virus, asthma, dengue fever and other illnesses. The facts are that the liquid insecticides that professional pest control operators use are less lethal to humans than caffeine
Pesticides today are engineered based on insect biology and are meant to keep us safe when used correctly. As a matter of fact, some of the products used today in pest control have no warning label at all, unlike the substances kept under kitchen sinks.
Brian Schoonmaker, Marydel
The writer is executive vice president of the Maryland State Pest Control Association.-
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