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Letter to the Editor: Workers suffer

— Workers suffer

To the editor:

The cherry fruit fly will be contained in an established control area, by an appointed inspector, according to ORS 570.405 and 570.420.

The migrant workers are suffering that first week of harvest from the last round of malathion spray; their faces show discomfort. Organic substances like chile pepper and mint extracts, nicotine and pyrethrin would control the fruit fly well; the cost is higher.

Malathion is a man-made nerve poison that contains a phosphorus-sulfur bond that is unknown to nature. It is highly flammable. Malathion kills fruit flies, bees, birds and amphibians. The name means “bad sulphur.”

God’s pure rain will continue to fall on the cherries year after year to wash off the malathion and save the pickers.

Tom Somerville

The Dalles

Editor’s note: According to a recent report in The Chronicle, orchardists have resorted to malathion to control the spotted-wing drosophila fly, which has not been found to be responsive to other methods that control the cherry fruit fly.


sheriesquivias 4 years, 9 months ago

I have worked in the orchards my whole life and have known many people who have come to pick our fruit. The people who i have been associated with are professionals when it comes to harvesting the fruit. I have picked cherries,apples,peaches,pears,and grapes.It takes a lot of talent to make a living from this. When the crop harvest gets to slow down everyone gets antsy to move on to the next job. the old saying moss doesnt grow under their feet holds true for them. They chose this life it didnt choose them. For you to say they show discomfort you have never been in the field working side by side with them or you wouldnt say such things! How many work enviroments do you know of where there is sunshine,laughter,singing,and you get to watch the sun come up each day? Try it sometime work like this is almost forgotten in this day and age.


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