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Benefits of aerial spraying invaluable

Published: Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Aerial spraying is invaluable to protect our crops and livestock from diseases. Often we see many people take our pesticides for granted, or they see pesticides as evil substances created by “greedy farmers” to get more for their money. That’s not the case.

I have several colleagues, friends and family that are in the aerial spray business. I also have several colleagues, friends and family who are concerned about aerial spray. The arguments given are that aerial spray is extremely dangerous to our environment and health. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that most people shouting these claims are not doing their research.

Sprayers use pesticides that are heavily regulated by the government. For a pesticide to be used, it must go through several tests and inspections. Scientific research must be conducted to weigh the benefits and risks. Also, sprayers constantly keep in contact with the fields they spray so there are no dangers.

Most sprayers refuse to do any fields that are near areas that might have a high concentration of population. They care deeply about the safety of others while continuing their business.

Of course, there are risks. There are risks in everything. I find it interesting that we complain about carcinogens in pesticides, yet we continue to use motor vehicles. We expose ourselves to many carcinogens through gasoline, diesel, and carbon monoxide. 

Yet, we understand the risks, but realize the benefits are invaluable. Motor vehicles cause several deaths, accidents, and produce unhealthy toxins. While aerial spraying causes minimal accidents, there are fewer toxins in the air from spraying than there are from cars.

We are afraid of what we do not know, and I understand that.

I encourage you to take a moment out of your day to research aerial spray. You will be surprised.

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