The Maryland Pesticide Network (MPN) appreciates The Sun's extensive and fair coverage of the dispute regarding the current
However, it should be noted that MPN does not oppose the use of all pesticides. We are a coalition of organizations, as our website states, "dedicated to protecting the public and the environment from the adverse affects of pesticides and promoting healthy alternatives." Due to a growing body of research linking pesticides to adverse health and environmental impacts, MPN promotes safer alternatives to unnecessary pesticide use by the adoption of integrated pest management whereby least toxic pesticides are only used as a last resort when non-toxic pest prevention and management strategies have failed.
MPN believes participants in the Lyme disease study deserve to be fully informed about the acute and long-term impacts of this pesticide.
Ruth Berlin, Baltimore