Prepare for Pesticide Spray Season, Part VIII: Prepare to Be Blamed

| 8/26/2013 10:30:00 AM

Tags: pesticide spray, pesticide drift, Jane Heim, Illinois,

“Pesticide drift is like so many environmental problems today; diffuse, elusive, hazardous, and invisible.” (Pesticide Drift & The Pursuit of Environmental Justice, by Jill Lindsey Harrison.)

There is nothing like being put on the defensive by the spray company or farmer who has just drifted you. Talk about adding insult to injury! Here are a few incidents where this very line of reasoning (or non-reasoning) has occurred:arguing

Incident #1: It was another high wind late afternoon day and Kurt is out by his property line on his well-tended property. He hears a tractor coming over the hill and thinks it must be the neighbor mowing. No, it’s not. It’s a commercial sprayer who sprays Kurt over his entire left side, and much of his property.

When Kurt contacted the farmer to ask what he was spraying, the farmer said, “If I had heard a sprayer coming, I would have run for the house.”

“I couldn’t see it was a sprayer!” replied Kurt to the farmer. “And I would never have thought anyone in their right mind would spray in winds like that!” Kurt was flabbergasted that the farmer would even say that.

Welcome to the world where the victim is blamed for the spray incident.

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