Spray could affect berries

People should know that the county sprays the roadside ditches with herbicides.

Dear editor,

Despite the drought, there is a substantial crop of Saskatoon berries in the ditches of the rural roads. Before going out and enjoying these Saskatoon berries and raspberries, people should know that the county sprays the roadside ditches with herbicides. It is possible that you maybe consuming herbicides if you decide to eat these berries. The county does not post signs when they spray the roadside ditches.

These berries are not a target species; the Alberta rose is a target species of the County of Wetaskiwin. If a person has a hankering for rose hip tea, this tea may have added ingredients. I am a farmer. The Alberta rose, our provincial flower, is not a problem weed in my fields. I have had Alberta roses in my ditches for 35 years.

Clark Lysne

R.R. #5, Wetaskiwin

 

 

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