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Crop dusting in the Tweed Valley (or anywhere else for that matter) seems so old-fashioned. In the year of 2012, with more families moving into rural and semi-rural areas, and allergies and organics becoming bigger issues daily, isn’t it time we did away with crop dusting and its indiscriminate spraying of dangerous chemicals?

Our health is too important to leave it to the will of the wind direction. The intrusive invasion of noise and the upset it creates for all the wildlife around can no longer be tolerated. There are so many things wrong with this archaic practice.

Are conventional banana growers and others so behind the times or just plain lazy that other more efficient and less obtrusive ways can’t be found? These chemicals dropped from on high end up in forests on the edge of banana plantations and, of course, wash into watercourses and ultimately into our creeks and rivers.

Local and state authorities must work toward protecting their constituents and the environment better than allowing this outdated practice to continue. Farmers need to get smarter with their money. It must be a very costly practice. I would advise them to cease aerial spraying before someone takes out a court case against them for loss of health.

Binnah Pownall, Eungella 

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