Letters to the Editor March 15, 2019
Still Silent Spring?Dear Editor,
Does anyone care that year after year for a few short days in January and February those who are observant may see a cute yellow biplane sweeping over certain hayfields along Highway 37, and perhaps other places where hay is grown, spraying toxic herbicides such as 2,4-D, or spreading Roundup by tractor over certain hayfields which turns the fields bright orange? These fields are quickly plowed under and not until another year does any one know that these toxic chemicals were dropped to contaminate the wildlife along our baylands. Only the hay farmers and county may know, the Sonoma Agricultural Commission and the Farm Bureau who may lobby for such shameful practices.
I would like to hear from those who are in charge of our baylands such as the Sonoma Land Trust, the Sonoma Open Space District, Sonoma County Public Health Department, the farmers themselves and the general public. Also the subject needs to be covered by some of our talented photojournalists to wake us up.
Do any of you remember Rachael Carson’s book Silent Spring so many years ago? What takes us so long?