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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 22, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHkidge Herald Third Section Lcthbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, September 22, 1971 Pages 33-44 Reports (ire exaggerated Improper usage of pesticides blamed as pollution problem lly JIM NEAVEK EDMONTON (CP) The effect on the environment of agricultural chemicals has been exaggerated by misinfor- mation, legend and anxiety about pollution, [he Canadian Agricultural Chemicals Asso- ciation says. The association admits a problem exists because of pesticides and herbicides, but says the major cause of prob- lems is improper use. A 16-page booklet has been issued by the association, which represents the manu- facturers of 80 per cent of the products in Canada, with the aim of helping "concerned people make informed judg- ments about pesticides." Public concern was evident during the summer when ag- riculture departments of the three Prairie provinces were asked to provide information on Laiuiate, the chemical used to control the severe outbreak of Bertha army worms in the rapeseed crop. 0. G. Bratvold, Alberta plant industry division direc- tor, said the public is justified in questioning the effect agri- cultural chemicals have on loot! products. He assured housewives (hero would be no residue of (he chemical in oil processed from the Lannate- Ircrilecl crop. A. U. St. Clairol Montreal, diairman of the association's information committee, says there is nu room for compla- cency. The industry maintains pes- ticides can be used produc- tively without hazard to Uie environment. WIDELY DISTRIBUTED The booklet, Pesticides and the Environment, has heen widely distributed by the asso- c i a li o n whose 50-member firms sell some SGO million worth of agricultural chemi- cals each year. Basically, the association says its products can lie safely used if the public reads labels and directions before application. There is general agreement that pesticides are necessary, because without agricultural chemicals the world's present food supply could not be m a i n t a i n e d, let alone in- creased, the association says. There also is agreement modern agricultural chemi- cals "should be used only when they are necessary to protect human health or food supply." Another point which "may be is that pesti- cides have been blamed incor- rectly for many environmen- tal disasters which, "in fact arose from other CITE OTIIEIl CAUSES These include the deaths of a large number of ducks near Centre Island in Toronto har- bor during the 1960s. This was incorrectly linked with the use of pesticides to control weeds or insects in the area and "scientific investigation sub- sequently found the deaths re- sulted from other causes." The association maintains the "best of both worlds" can be achieved and potential risks reduced to insignificant proportions if ''everyone who uses pesticides" will make use of all the 'nfovmation de- veloped and proven before the chemical is made available. The use of chemicals in ag- riculture could be abandoned if humans stopped large-scale specialized farming; building highways; expanding urban areas; bringing frontier land under cultivation; being fussy about the quality and appear- ance of food and exporting food to other countries. "In fact, stop most of the activities that are imposed on us by expanding population and industrialization." The booklet was issued seven months after the asso- ciation's 1970 convention at Jasper, Alta., where it was decided that membership dues would be increased to es- tablish an information pro- gram to improve the indus- try's public image. New Hammarskjold Llieory Bungled kidnap effort may have caused death By ARTHUR L. GAVSHON LONDON (AP) Two men close to Dag Ilammarskjold suggested Tuesday night that a bungled kidnap bid by white mercenaries may have caused the death of the United Nations secretary-general in The Congo. Hammarskjold and 15 com- panions died Sept. 17, 1961, when their airplane mysteri- ously crashed in the African hush. The Swedish statesman was heading for a peace parley with Moise T s h o m be, then trying to lead the province of Katanga out of the union of the former Belgian Congo. The theory of a bungled kid- nap attempt was mentioned by Hammarskjold's nephew, Knut, who now heads the Hammar- skjold family, and by George Ivan Smith, director of the Brit- ish UN office. Both were speak- Harvest nearly over CALGARY (CP) Another 10 days to two weeks are need- ed to complete the harvest in northern Alberta, the Alberta Wheat Pool said today. The pool, in its weekly crop report, said threshing, except for flax and some specialty crops, is almost completed in southern areas with the seed- ing of fall crops nearing com- pletion with good germination. KILLING FROST Warm dry weather would see most of central Alberta's har- vest completed within a week and a killing frost Sept. 16-17 was not expected to cause much damage to well-matured crops. About 68 per cent of the four major grains now have been threshed, a gain of 10 per cent during the week with much of the advance in the Peace area. "Heavy frost was reported throughout most of the Peace area and some degrading of wheat is expected." The pool said yields expected include 25.1 bushels an acre for wheat, 36.1 bushels for barley, and 16 bushels for rapeseed. ing in recorded interviews lor the BBC program 24 Hours in a feature marking the 10th anni- versary of the crash. Knut Hammarskjold left in- tervie'ver James Hogg in no doubt that he is well aware of the theory of a bungled kidnap bid by while mercenaries. The crash itself, he said, was an ac- cident, "but what kind of acci- dent" remains open. He was asked whether he rules out foul play. "I don't rule out anything. Much speculation could have been avoided if. at the time of the inquiries, the whereabouts of certain very active people could have been defined in a very precise way." MONEY THE MOTIVE? Asked what sort of people he meant, he replied: "Adventurers for money. Some of them might not be completely strange to that sort of operation The younger Hammarskjold, secretary-general of the Inter- national Air Transport Associa- tion, and Smith both suggested the aim of the would-be kidnap- pers may have been to prevent Ihe United Nations and Tshombe from coming to terms. Smilh put it thus: "It was felt by the mercenaries that we were moving toward a reconcili- ation with Tshombe and that meant they were going to lose their bread and butter. If the United Nations and Tshombe got together and brought about unification of the Congo there was no reason for their presence any longer." Smilh himself was the target of a kidnap bid by Katangan troops led by white mercenaries six weeks after the Hammar- skjold plane crashed. As Smilh described the theory, the would-be kidnappers may have got to know the radio frequency used by Hammar- skjold's plane, contacted the pilot and, in the name of the regular aviation control authori- ties, lalked or lured il down. Answering other questions, Smith said: "Enough evidence has come to my notice to make me be- lieve further investigation may well show the reasons of the flying accident were not the ones that many people suppose, that it was not pilot fatigue but that there was some other CAMERA DEPARTMENT NEW LOW PRICES ON ALL PHOTO FINISHING Prompt, Quality Developing WON'T YOU GIVE US A TRY! Open Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.j Saturday 9 a.m. lo 6 p.m. Xollege Shopping Mall 2025 Mayor Magrath Drive reason, prompted by some other actions by people like merce- not govern- ments or authorities of any kind that caused the flying ac- cident." CHARtES GOES FOR A WALK Richard Holyoak, right, walks r> Macaw owned by Garry Kennedy. The blue urr, gold colored bird is less than five years old and ihe sex is undetermined at this time. An untrained Macaw Ihe sex of "Charlei If the bird doesn't grow it wil it will be Charles. 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