Doctors Reject Winnipeg Pesticide Spraying – July 11, 2006

Malathion makes mosquitos worse over long-term


Doctors Reject Winnipeg Pesticide Spraying   



For Immediate Release

July 11, 2006


Toronto—The City of Winnipeg should abandon its controversial Malathion  program and instead embrace a biological prevention approach to mosquito control, says the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE).


CAPE, which represents several hundred medical doctors across Canada, says Malathion fails to produce long-term results and is potentially dangerous to human and environmental health.


“Sooner or later, Winnipeg will have to move into the 21st century on this matter. We hope it’s sooner because broadcast spraying with an organophosphate pesticide like Malathion is the height of folly. The long-term consequences are all negative,” said CAPE Executive Director Gideon Forman.


Broadcast spraying kills a range of non-target species, including the very insects and amphibians that eat mosquitoes.  “Once predator insects and frogs are gone, mosquito populations will explode. In other words, over the long term, Malathion will likely make the mosquito problem even worse,” added Forman.


Doctors are also concerned about Malathion’s effects on human health. “Malathion attacks the nervous system. It has been implicated in lung damage, kidney failure, and DNA abnormalities.  Most frightening, perhaps, is its association with childhood leukemia,” said Forman.


Dr. Warren Bell, past president of CAPE concluded: “Until Winnipeg listens to its own expert scientific advisory committee – which last year recommended an aggressive program of biologically-based prevention – Winnipegers are doomed to summers of torment, a severely stressed environment, and the risk of long-term adverse human health effects.”




Gideon Forman, Executive Director

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