5 thoughts on “‘I Just Don’t Understand the Inconsistency’: Selectman Corbet Questions Continued Use of Pesticides on New Canaan’s Athletic Fields

  1. I agree with Ms. Corbett’s comment about pesticide application on our athletic fields. One concern should be discharge of these pesticides into our storm drains during heavy rains. Eventually the run-off water discharges into our waterways.

  2. Ban all pesticide use in New Canaan. It’s not really up for debate if you look at how many New Canaan families use well water in their homes. Why would anyone willingly poison their own family and family friends—domestic animals? Pesticides cause cancer. Pesticides are endocrine disrupters. The human body will dysfunction if exposed to pesticides, like Round Up. Pesticide use contributes to the heinous pollution in our streams & creeks that flow to our rivers, killing wildlife and damaging the fragile ecosystem of plants and water. Water is life. Well water absorbs all that is sprayed on your grass. Our bodies absorb all that we ingest. Howe needs to investigate healthier methods for the care of our park’s plants and grasses. Athletic fields will be fine without pesticides sprayed on them. The cost of fighting cancer is much more expensive than RE-seeding with grass seeds.

  3. Pesticides don’t make sense on a kids field or on a residential lawn. It’s the equivalent of a slow poisoning of out ponds, streams, rivers and seas. We have been brainwashed into bad habits over the years by corporations. And since so many people outsource their lawn management, they are not in touch with the reality of these poisons. And for folks who think organic pesticides are good, please understand that this only means that they are naturally occurring poisons. There is NO “good” pesticide.

  4. The EPA does not test pesticides for human health safety. Instead, it relies on their manufacturers to do so. Simply put, those who manufacture the chemicals are the only ones charged with making sure they’re safe for our families, animals, and air and water. Often tested on rats, the paradigm for pesticide safety screening is “alive or dead”, rather than “alive and damaged.” Given the myriad short- and long-term health issues associated with pesticide exposure, including asthma and allergies, learning disabilities, and neurological disorders, I find Mr. Howe’s decision to use pesticides on the fields in our parks penny wise, pound foolish.

  5. Thank you Selectman Corbet for being an advocate for the well being of our children and our environment!
    Making this issue one of cost is offensive.

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