Waiting for the leaves to change

Justin Dickie
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Protesters willing to stay as long as it takes

ROSLIN - A group of residents in this small rural community don't want aerial herbicide spraying done here and they're willing to occupy the potential spray zone around the clock to make sure they have their way.

Waiting for the leaves to change

ROSLIN - A group of residents in this small rural community don't want aerial herbicide spraying done here and they're willing to occupy the potential spray zone around the clock to make sure they have their way.

The group of around a dozen Roslin residents started protesting at the potential spray site on Monday afternoon in an effort to stop the North Nova Forest Owners Co-op from spraying the herbicide Vision near their property. The spray was supposed to take place today, but the protesters were informed yesterday that it's going to be rescheduled.

They're willing to wait out the meantime.

"If we wait long enough, after the leaves change, apparently (the spray) is not effective. So if we can get in 'til fall…" said concerned citizen Holly Gordon yesterday at the site. "I would hope they wouldn't dump chemicals down on us. You're not supposed to ingest them, you're not supposed to inhale them. I don't want to wear it either."

The group is following the lead of similar groups in Pictou and Colchester counties that were successful in stopping aerial spraying recently.

While the Pest Management Regulatory Agency insists Vision is safe, many studies suggest quite the opposite.

Rick Cheeseman, a local organic farmer, said according to research he's seen, 59 per cent of the Vision formula is made up of "inert" ingredients. When herbicide companies release their research results, they name the long-term affects of the active ingredient, but only name the short-term affects of the whole formula.

"The companies themselves, if you ask them 'Is this product safe for people?' they will say 'glyphosate is safe.' They will never tell you and never talk to you about the inert ingredients," Cheeseman said. "When we know so little about the product, and we're applying it in such a wide-spread fashion, and we have 50 per cent of Canadians are going to get cancer in their lifetime, isn't it time we started asking what the whole product is and start testing for it?"

jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: North Nova Forest Owners Co-op, Pest Management Regulatory Agency

Geographic location: ROSLIN, Pictou, Colchester

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  • Alice
    January 18, 2010 - 11:18

    Amen Freddy amen.

  • Freddy
    January 18, 2010 - 10:53

    Do these people not realize that they live in blueberry country where more pesticides are likely sprayed than in forestry!

  • hardy
    January 18, 2010 - 10:36

    Just because chemical pesticides are used by some blueberry producers, doesnt mean that we should spray our Acadian forests. Two wrongs dont make a right. Do the jobs manually, put local people to work!