Letter to the Editor
The overturning of our aerial pesticide ban is a grievous reversal for Lincoln County. When the US Forest Service sprayed thousands of acres with Agent Orange in the 70’s, Lincoln County folks researched what they were doing and sued them. That took years, several lawsuits, and put many of us in extreme debt, but the result was a judgement against Forest Service use of ALL forestry herbicdes, because their EPA approvals had been based on fraudulent or nonexistent safety studies.
Birth defects, cancers, Parkinson’s and other diseases are now recognized for Vietnam veterans as being caused by Agent Orange. These were also happening right here in the Coast Range — and are still happening, as timber companies, road departments, and state forestry continue the use of poisons banned in the national forest. Today, juries are awarding billions of dollars to cancer victims poisoned by glyphosate, one of the fraudulently tested poisons, which is showing up in our most popular breakfast cereals.
So what have we learned?
We have learned that the government has sold us all out: we the people have no right to informed consent about being poisoned. The agencies that are supposed to protect consumers are now just mouthpieces for chemical and fossil fuel companies, which have written the laws that allow their use.
We have learned that the conventional belief that food and trees can’t be grown without poisons is a bald-faced lie by those who profit from poison sales and buy the “science” that supports their use. We have learned that we cannot depend on the state DEQ, Dept of Forestry, Dept of Agriculture, the EPA, the USDA, FDA or any government agency to protect the people. Their rules are written by corporate profiteers.
But we have learned to stand up and be heard, and will continue to do so. There will be other ballot measures, law suits and campaigns to make this a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. I totally support Lincoln County Community Rights and urge others to demand local control of our watersheds.
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