Panel to Meet on Aerial Mosquito Spraying and Effects on Local Food System

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On Thursday, a newly formed panel will meet to discuss future aerial mosquito spraying in the Dallas area and specifically how it affects the local food system. The panelists include veterinary entomologist Larry Boyd; Susan Pollard of the Texas Honey Bee Guild; Lea Fudge, of Citizens against Pesticides & Poison. Susie Marshall of Grow North Texas will moderate, and they'd like you all to join them as well.

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Stacy Cherones organized the effort as a way to bring interest groups together. Cherones is one of the leaders of the Fresh Food Alliance, a local grassroots organization that looks at local and sustainable food production.

"As one of the leaders of the Fresh Food Alliance, it's a natural fit," Cherones said. "If you're concerned about food production here in Dallas, then you've got to be concerned about this issue."

One of the goals is to discuss how pesticides affect soil, water and the entire plant and animal ecosystems. "If we don't have our pollinators, then all of our gardeners can just pack up their tools and head back inside," Cherones said.

"What we're really doing here is food federalism. We're trying to get the decision about the food system into the hands of people that it affects. In order to do that, we need to engage them, educate them and facilitate involvement."

Here's more information about the panel discussion tomorrow at 2278 Monitor St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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