Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Responsibilities of PFPs (Pesticide Fearing People) and the Pesticide Industry

"You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand".  This popular quote from Leonardo Da Vinci is almost always the first thing that pops into my head when I see an article such as that which came across the Star Press last Friday.  The title reads simply "BSU cancels herbicide spraying at Burris" but reading on, the quote from above continues to reveal it's truth, over... and over... and over.  Before we get to deep, a little background for the reader first.  Ball State University is in Muncie, IN.  The "Burris" Laboratory discussed in the article is a part of their Teacher's College which serves  K-12th grade students and University teaching majors who use the laboratory to learn teaching skills.  We all caught up now?  Well let us proceed....

In short, a petition brought forth by the parents of students attending Ball State has led to the cancellation of weed management activities on the University's campus.  This is the second year in which weed management has come under pressure, as last year's activities were briefly halted until the outgoing university president deemed the management activities safe.  This year, however, weed management activities at Burris caused the parents of those attending BSU (remember, not the majority of which even spend time at Burris) to file petition, stopping any further activities.  As a result, University personnel now cite a severe weed problem that is affecting the aesthetic value of the campus, not to mention attracting numerous stinging insects.....