Some disagree over use of pesticides to stop encephalitis – Brockton, MA – The EnterprisePosted: July 23, 2012
“I believe their intentions are good,” he said of the state. “But I don’t see how I can not get drift.”
Rogers and his wife pulled all their feed and water troughs inside during the night and spread tarps over the coops. Their concern wasn’t about the birds but about the buckwheat and grain they feed on every day.
“They’re digging up the ground,” Rogers said, pointing to a spot where a group of chickens mowed through a large swath of buckwheat in a single day. “If there’s any pesticide … it’s a concern.”
Rogers said even if he wasn’t an organic farmer, he’s not sure the spraying is necessary.
“I don’t like that the first thing they do is reach for the poison,” he said.
But that’s just what hundreds of residents in southeastern Massachusetts have been calling for ever since the first EEE-infected mosquitoes of the season were detected less than two weeks ago. The disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito and can be debilitating, even fatal.