To the Editor,
In the Need to Compete in a recent edition of the newspaper, Mr. Lawless explained the good side of potato farming to the media. I have yet to see anything positive about the large potato industry we have here on P.E.I.
He stated that in order to ‘compete” he has to have access to a deep-water well. How about the survival of our families and the environment? How about giving the future generations a healthy environment and clean water to drink?
Giving the potato industry access to our water will be just another step in the destruction of the living environment on the Island. I am not a scientist; I am just a well-informed and well-read Islander who tries to live life in a sustainable manner. I do not understand the ins and outs of the production of potatoes, nor do I understand the science behind the living environment. But, I do know that chemicals damage many life forms and it stays in our environment for a long time.
Any person with a conscience and average intelligence knows that spraying these chemicals in our environment and on our food is terribly wrong for so many reasons. Little P.E.I. has a cancer rate that is higher than the national average. That does not surprise me. Buffer zones simply are not enough.
Finding the perfect cancer cure will never happen because we are not doing anything about the cause. As long as we ignore the cause, we will live with this illness for a very long time.
Producers and governments have been brainwashed into believing that these chemicals are safe by the very corporation that sells them these chemicals.