For the passed 10 years a neighboring farmer has failed/refused to control his drift and has made my family sick and burned up much of my nursery stock. My family has been exposed to paraquat, atrazine, 2,4-D, dicamba and many others. We have asked the farmer to be more considerate but our requests are met with "sue me" and "go to Hell". The Maryland Department of Agriculture has done little to enforce pesticide application regulations but has verified our complaints. Unfortunately I have been forced to take civil action against the farmer and property owner. I am looking for an expert in sustainable/organic methods of grain production to testify on our behalf. A farmer with experience in growing corn, soybeans, and wheat, with traditional methods and organic methods would also be very helpful.
The farmer causing the problems claims that he cannot grow corn, soybeans, and wheat without herbicides. From what we have learned some organic grains are in demand. I need someone to testify that sustainable/organic methods are profitable and should be considered in sensitive areas. I am not advocating a chemical free America, I am not trying to tell the farmer how to run his business. I simply want some consideration and protection from the illegal drift of dangerous chemicals.
I have been told by toxicologists and doctors that these exposures must not continue. Our options are to fight for our right to live here without the influence of an inconsiderate neighbor or be forced to move for my family's health and wellbeing. I built this house and I planted every tree on our farm, I sure don't want the state to tell me that I have to live with the exposures or move.
The trial is in Towson MD, just north of Baltimore. If you can help please contact me at 410 329-6394 or e-mail.
- thanks, Jim Baseman
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