Commentary: Aerial spray ban: A Dutch lobby?
by M. Teruel
Davao City (6 June) -- We take our hats off in salute to our local environmental-protection movement as it militantly advocates the preservation of our fragile biodiversity.
We hope though that we will be able to find a good balance between protecting our environmental integrity and dwindling resources and the economic needs of our growing population. This calls for critical-mindedness and circumspection.
What called our attention in today's Environmental Day March is the clamor of a sector to ban aerial spraying which can be right or not at all in view of reliable reports that the cases of illnesses attributed to aerial spraying were unfounded or outright lies.
Meanwhile, it is quite discomfiting to know that the anti-aerial spray campaign is funded by a Netherlands-based lobby called CordAid. Is it just a matter of coincidence that Dutch companies are opening banana plantations in Halmahera Island and Sumatera Island in Indonesia ? Their websites say that they are out to get the Japanese market from Davaoenos.
Now, isn't calling for an aerial spray ban like getting a big rock and pummelling ourselves in the head with it in celebration of World Environment Day? (Taskmaster Comm Mobilization) [top]