The ode to pesticides by Joe Gergela of the Long Island Farm Bureau ["LI doesn't need aquifer panel," Opinion, Oct. 27] would be laughable if it weren't such a serious subject.

Let's remember: The purpose of pesticides is to kill living things. And they do that very well. So, pesticides in our drinking water should be a scary thought to a reasonable person.

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Maybe that is why organic farming is growing so fast on Long Island and elsewhere. Long Island farms have demonstrated that they can grow crops -- and their businesses -- without pesticides.

Our drinking water quality should be our No. 1 priority!

Elisa Gerontianos, Port Jefferson

Editor's note: The writer is on the board of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, an activist organization.