Lawn pesticides are eminently unsafe

his is my response to a letter from Lorne Hepworth, President of a lobby group based in Ottawa

Re: Letter to Editor – Pesticides can be used safely (Mirror June 19).

This is my response to a letter from Lorne Hepworth, President of a lobby group based in Ottawa. I am responding to his letter promoting the use of lawn pesticides, published in Campbell River Mirror on June 18, 2013.

Dr. Hepworth has absolutely no credibility among independent scientists. His faith in Health Canada’s evaluation of pesticides is entirely misplaced. Lawn pesticides are eminently unsafe, being especially harmful to children and pets.

On the other hand, lawns can be maintained in an excellent condition without the use of pesticides.

K. Jean Cottam, PhD

Nepean, Ont.