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Powell: Farms vs. environmentalists on agricultural chemicals

Long Island farmers say they need the state

(Credit: Randee Daddona)

The Long Island Farm Bureau told the Newsday editorial board on Monday that the public has misconceptions about pesticides -- starting with their very definition.

Joe Gergela, executive director of the bureau, said in a meeting with the board that even ordinary baking soda and chlorine for pools fall into that category. And he said many pesticides serve the important function of protecting...

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