Re: Medicine analogy -Reply
Bob MacGregor (RDMACGREGOR@gov.pe.ca)
Wed, 10 Jun 1998 15:08:24 -0400
I thought the medicine analogy was perfectly apt. If you had tapeworms
or malaria or ringworm or leishmaniasis or whatever, you would likely
take a pesticide to try to kill the organisms that were plaguing you. The
dosage would be calculated to kill the unwanted organisms without
causing undue harm to you. Isn't that exactly the intent of farm
chemicals? When farm pesticides cause harm at the consumer or
environment level, it seems a close parallel to drug side-effects -- ie,
where the exposure is great enough to cause harm to non-target
organisms. For an especially sensitive individual (eg allergic), this level
may be essentially nil.
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