Plea To Biological Field Station: End Pesticide Use

Plea To Biological

Field Station:

End Pesticide Use

 

To the Editor:

Five years ago, CVS Pharmacy Corp., as a healthcare-product provider, made the costly but ethical decision to discontinue the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Cheers to them!
With springtime approaching, I am reminded by the CVS example of applied ethics of the decades-long silence by the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station on West Lake Road, regarding the use of pesticides and herbicides on the Leatherstocking Golf Course on Otsego Lake, the source of drinking water for the Village of Cooperstown and camps along its shore.
Since the Susquehanna River originates at the south end of the Glimmerglass, we have a downstream responsibility to the Chesapeake Bay as well.
Since biology is the study of life, where is the fundamental concern over the use of chemicals designed to kill weeds on the shore of our drinking water?
The often-heard excuse – “Nothing has ever been found in the tests” – is not reassuring.
When it does show up, it will be
too late.
Martha’s Vineyard has an organic golf course. Cooperstown should as well.

MICHAEL WHALING
Cherry Valley

 


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