The Pest Management Plan for the Kootenay, Okanogan and silmilkameen boundaries was approved for renewing its contract with interior health for another 5 years, despite the hundreds of signatures collected by a small group of concerned citizens.
I found myself very involved in this cause and created my first petition to pass around with the short time frame given by interior health for public feedback. After 2 weeks we collected as many names as possible (Over 500) and personally handed them into the Interior Health head office in Pentictin B.C. Nothing came out of this of course except the raise in awareness about this specific issue to the general public.
No one I talked to was aware of such a program, or the fact that for the last 5 years we have been sprayed with toxic substances and had our water contaminated with bacteria developed in a laboratory in Israel.
I had to research this issue further so I contacted the consulting company that has this contract with Interior death…I mean Health.
SMC consulting is a company making money off the sale of these chemicals. I spoke with the CEO of the company where I was assured that Methroprene was a safe substance posing no threat to human life. That although in the actual pest management plan where they list multiple methods for spraying aerial spray, backpack sprayers (even by horse!). They only spray when “necessary” according to the CEO. However the conversation took a sharp turn once the CEO realized I had a brain and challenged his statements with actual facts and studies about Methropine he got off the phone quickly and I was not able to reach him again.
The next phone call I made was to Interior Heath, the Rep. that I spoke with again attempted to assure me of the safety of these substances. Although they are not able to provide me with any evidence to base this on. I however have multiple reports of studies proving the extreme risks of using such larvacides in our environment. In fact Methroprene is banned in a lot of states and in eastern Canada due to the proof of deformities caused in fish, marine life and estuarine invertebrates. Next I asked him about Interior Healths role in this program and if they receive any “kick backs” for the sale of these chemicals. He was not able to answer me clearly on this and said he would have to get back to me. Terrified yet? it gets better! I asked if Interior Health was a government agency or a private one…again He could not give me a definite answer. It turns out that they are NOT a government agency!! They are funded by the Canadian government however they are a privately functioning entity with all kinds of private partnerships!
Next my research took me to looking closer at this specific chemical. I found out there was a Report issued by the Toxics Action Center and Maine Environmental Policy Institute: http://www.meepi.org/wnv/overkillma.htm
Below I have highlighted some of the pressing concerns of this Larvacide from the report.
“Methoprene is a compound that mimics the action of an insect growth regulation hormone. It is used as an insecticide because it interferes with the normal maturation process. In a normal life cycle, an insect goes from egg to larva, to pupa, and eventually to adult. Methoprene artificially stunts the insects’ development, making it impossible for insects to mature to the adult stages, and thus preventing them from reproducing.”
Methoprene is slightly toxic to birds.51,124 Non-lethal effects that may affect survival of the birds did appear at acute oral doses of 500 mg/kg. These effects appeared as soon as 2 hours after treatment and persisted for up to 2 days and included slowness, reluctance to move, sitting, withdrawal, and incoordination.47 These effects may decrease bird survival by making them temporarily more susceptible to predation or by affecting reproductive and parenting behaviors.
Methoprene is slightly to moderately toxic to fish. Methoprene residues may have a slight potential for bioconcentration in bluegill sunfish and crayfish.Methoprene is very highly toxic to some species of freshwater, estuarine, and marine invertebrates.
Methoprene is believed to have a significant impact on lobsters. The Lobster Institute at the University of Maine is working on such research projects, but have not yet completed or published their study results. A $125 million putative class action lawsuit has been filed in New York by lobstermen against insecticide manufacturers for allegedly wiping out the lobster fishery.
Birth defects, frogs and methoprene
Use of methoprene is also a significant concern due to the effects of the retinoids that are formed when the compound breaks down after exposure to sunlight. Retinoids, a class of chemicals closely related to vitamin A, can cause birth defects in humans and may be contributing to the global epidemic of skeletal deformities in frogs.64 Dr. David Gardiner, a research biologist at the University of California at Irvine, has been studying retinoids for at least a decade, and in recent years he has probed frog deformities. To him, retinoids are the obvious culprit in the mystery of the misshapen frogs because of the peculiar kind of limb deformities being observed. “There is no other known mechanism for this [besides retinoids],” Gardiner says. “Much of early development is controlled by retinoids,” he says. “Our body [and the body of a frog] is completely dependent on them”.
Exposure to retinoids could also make frogs more susceptible to infectious diseases, Gardiner says: “The kinds of chemicals that would target development of limbs would target all organ systems,” including the immune system. Frogs with abnormal legs would also very likely have abnormal immune systems. This could explain why some frogs are now suddenly falling victim to infectious agents that they resisted for millions of years.
Peter Montague, of the Environmental Research Foundation points out: “The pesticide regulators at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have missed a key feature of a chemical (methoprene) whose safety they regulate. It shows once again that relying on risk assessment leads to bad public health decisions. EPA’s risk assessments have routinely failed to evaluate the breakdown by-products of the chemical pesticides that the agency has deemed safe enough to allow as residues on our dinner plates. It also means that thousands of pesticides now in common use need to be re-tested to see if their breakdown by- products are dangerous to humans or other species.
Please look through the report yourself, I just took out the highlights above.
Considering it effects the Larva stage of an insects life…I am greatly concerned on the effects of our beneficial incests such us our pollinators. What effects will this have on foraging bees bringing the contaminated pollen back to the hive?. There has been NO research done with bees and Methroprene that I can find.
The next step in my research was to find out why on earth would they be spraying this high risk substance in such a large area???? the answer was one of the most distrubing parts of my research. It turns out the all of this is from hype over West Nile Virus. If you go to Health Canadas own website: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/wnv-vwn/mon-hmnsurv-eng.php
You can clearly see that in the last year (and all years previous excluding one known case due to outside travel a few years ago) there has NEVER been a reported case of West Nile in B.C.!!!!! all of this spraying, all of this money, all of the risk for what?? nothing!!! could this be possible? yes it is in fact true all of this risky business being justified by West Nile virus???? follow the money my friends and you will see that this is all about making profits off the sale of a chemical.
Its quite disturbing that in the last 5 years bat populations have dwindled by over 30%. Bats are the single most valuable source of mosquito control available to us and they are dyeing due to habitat loss, not enough food sources. It is insanity to me that we would spray chemicals known to cause serious health effects to control Mosquitoes when we could just throw up some bat houses and create an environment for them to thrive. One bat can eat over 1000 mosquitoes in ONE HOUR!!
Read the Pest Management Plan for yourself here and speak out about this dangerous insanity. We need to Change this, we need to put enough pressure and exposure to ensure that the next 5 year contract is never signed.