Thursday, November 10, 2011

Who Cares About the Link Between Pesticides and Lobsters? Let's Just Stop Using Pesticides

For years lobster fishermen have been complaining about how pesticides were killing Long Island Sound’s lobsters and putting the lobstermen out of business, and for years reporters have been gullibly reporting the lobstermen’s complaints, and for years I’ve been complaining that the link between pesticides and the Sound’s lobster die-off is a myth.

But lately I’ve come to another conclusion: It doesn’t matter.

It doesn’t matter because what the lobstermen want is for communities near the Sound to stop using pesticides to kill mosquitoes.

I want that too. There are plenty of good reasons to stop putting poisons into the environment, and few downsides to stopping.

So my new position is that I agree with the lobstermen. I still think they are wrong about the link between pesticides and dead lobsters but it doesn’t matter. Let’s stop using pesticides to kill mosquitoes and we’ll probably find out soon enough if they are right or wrong.

Either way, something good will result: we will be reducing the amount of pesticides in the environment.

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