Re "Utah's summer smog: What you don't see can hurt you" (Tribune, July 6):
The story failed to mention smog-forming VOC poisons created by pesticides that are poisoning our communities. With Utah Department of Food and Agriculture Commissioner Leonard Blackham's $1.3 million chemical war on invasive weeds, weekly mosquito fogging in communities across the state, agriculture pesticide usage and our addiction to cosmetic pesticides (designed only to make things look pretty), pesticide smog is real and it's making Utahns sick.
In November, the American Academy of Pediatrics released the report "Pesticide Exposure in Children," which outlined the effects of pesticide exposure in children, including pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function and behavioral problems. The report also charts our collective shortfalls, including medical training, public health tracking and regulatory actions.