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Limit use of pesticides, etc.

I am grateful to the Board of Supervisors for restricting the use of Round-Up and Rodeo. Exposure to Round-Up makes me violently ill with flu-like symptoms. I realize this may not be a common reaction, but I have concerns about its general use.

The Environmental Protection Agency found Monsanto’s advertising of these herbicides false and misleading. The British Journal of Cancer reports they are linked to non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Other acute health effects are documented.

I wonder if they contributed to the recent fish die-off in Lake Natomas? Their active ingredient can persist in soil three months. If bound, it readily unbinds and pollutes waterways. It persists about three months in pond water. It is acutely toxic to fish, but is difficult and expensive to test for.

We have health problems now we never used to, but seem incredibly passive when told we don’t know what causes them. Industry, and the media it influences, apparently would like us to think these are due to Mother Nature’s products and not its own. We hear a lot about black mold, radon, dust mites, heavy metals and viruses. A report I read about Lake Natomas never actually mentioned herbicides but did discuss mercury.

I consider a decreased ability to handle stress one of the most insidious and prevalent of these health problems. Most pesticides, including herbicides, are not tested for this. Do we know that the increase in asthma, emphysema in nonsmokers, anxiety and depression, and addictive behavior are not related to the use of these neuro-toxic chemicals?

We should limit the use of Round-Up, Rodeo, and all pesticides until unexplained illnesses are clearly on the decline.

Karen E. Allen

Grass Valley

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