(NaturalNews) A group of local business owners and citizen activists are gathering data in preparation for a lawsuit against a South Florida county in a bid to halt anti-mosquito spraying with a chemical some experts say is harmful to humans, wildlife and the environment, a resident involved in the effort said.
In recent days about 300 residents of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County showed up at a Miami Beach City Commission meeting to protest the use of the pesticide naled, which is being dispersed via aerial spraying to kill Zika-carrying mosquitoes.
However, Ian Hamilton Trottier, a small business owner and entrepreneur in Miami Beach, says that he believes the chemical has been responsible for the deaths of fish and birds in the area, which he has discovered after each spraying. In an interview, he said he was motivated to oppose continued spraying and use of naled after seeing its effects on local wildlife. He also said he knows someone who developed a rash shortly after a recent spraying.
‘A chemical weapon’
Those observations coincide with earlier reporting by Natural Newsregarding the dangers of naled, which has been linked to cancers, paralysis and even death.
“Naled has been found to be highly toxic for fish, birds and beneficial insects, especially bees. Unlike most other insecticides, Naled even interferes with the photosynthesis of plants and therefore causes damage in our flora. … In short, the toxic, acute and chronic, long-term effects of Naled on humans and nature are horrendous—by far worse than the virus it is used to prevent,” said Sadhu Govardhan of Govardhan Gardens, an agicultural consultancy in Puerto Rico. The governor of Puerto Rico has refused to allow the use of naled on the Caribbean island.
Natural News also reported on the deaths of millions of bees following spraying for Zika-carrying mosquitoes in South Carolina earlier this month.
Trottier says it almost seems as though residents in Miami-Dade County, where Zika-carrying mosquitoes have been found, are being sprayed with “a chemical weapon.” And yet, local authorities are not planning to stop using naled – an organophosphate chemical – anytime soon, despite rising anger among residents.
The Associated Press reported that about 200 people (Trottier told Natural News the figure was closer to 300) who showed up at the Miami Beach City Commission meeting to protest the spraying, cursed elected leaders and officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for putting out mixed and conflicting information about naled.
‘We want a say!’
“At first they said they couldn’t do aerial spraying, but then they said yes,” said Sadie Kaplan, a fitness trainer who fled her home twice to avoid the spraying, The Associated Press said. “Pick a side. Don’t flip-flop.”
Others in attendance argued that the mild flu-like symptoms that most people experience from the virus don’t come close to justifying the highly aggressive use of pesticides (especially naled), and even boo’ed a physician who attended the meeting purporting to present evidence of Zika-related birth defects to the commission.
“I don’t want to be sprayed with pesticides for what I believe is a hoax,” said Kiro Ace, a graphic designer who was not wearing a shirt, but who wore a gas mask as he joined protesters chanting, “If you’re going to spray, we want a say!”
The AP further noted that an Environmental Protection Agency fact sheet on naled says people exposed to higher concentrations can indeed experience nausea, confusion and dizziness. Extremely high concentrations can be fatal, the agency fact sheet confirmed. Also, health officials have advised residents to keep their children inside during spraying.
So in essence, residents are being lied to when they are told by local officials and the media that naled is “safe,” and that they are foolish for opposing its use.
Written by J. D. Heyes
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