Saturday, January 14, 2012

"Feeding the World: Why Pesticides are a Critical Part of the Solution"

By Rich Kozlovich

This announcement was sent on January 13th, 2011 by the American Council on Science and Health. It would appear that someone on Capitol Hill realizes that everything everyone "knows" about pesticides is more urban myth than science.

On Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at 2:00 P.M. the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) will host a Capitol Hill briefing in Washington, DC, on the role pesticides play in protecting our food supply and public health.

Dr. Allan Felsot, Professor of Entomology and Environmental Toxicology at Washington State University and author of the American Council’s new report, "Pesticides and Health: Myths vs. Realities" will be the featured speaker at 1300 Longworth House Office Building (Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street) in Washington, DC.

“The world’s population is expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050, and one of the biggest concerns is whether there will be enough food for everyone.” We need to come to the correct understanding about pesticides and the role they have played in making life healthier and better fed than ever in human history. The important role Pesticides play in the general health and economic well being of society is little understood nor is it appreciated by the public. Why? The answer is actually simple; “The public has been misled by an unholy alliance of environmental scaremongers, funds-seeking academics, sensation-seeking media, vote-seeking politicians and profit-seeking vested interests.” This quote by Viv Forbes says it all!

The "Great" Norman Borlaug , father of the Green Revolution, has often pointed out that you cannot build peace and security on the back of a starving world. It is ironic that this man, who probably saved more lives than any human being in history, is hardly known by the general public while Rachel Carson, who as a result of her writings has been responsible for the modern environmental movement, which since 1972 has been responsible for the deaths of tens of millions and the suffering and misery of billions, has schools named after her.

I hope many in decision making positions will avail themselves of this opportunity.

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