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Take Action for Cancer Prevention by Emailing New York State Farm Bureau's Mark Maslyn

<markm@fb.org>.  Mr. Maslyn is Executive Director of Public Policy for the New York State Farm Bureau.  Please send him the message below or a letter of your own creation.  You can also telephone Mr. Maslyn at (202) 406-3660.

New York State Farm Bureau

Public Policy Department

Mark Maslyn, Executive Director

Dear Mr. Maslyn,

Dioxin minimization and exposure reduction are matters of critical importance to the health of New York State residents.  Exposure to this class of chemical compounds has been associated with increased cancer risk, as well as developmental deficits, cardiovascular disease, type-II diabetes and numerous endocrine disruption disorders.  According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), over 95 percent of dioxin exposure takes place via consumption of animal fat, which has been contaminated by way of atmospheric deposition on animal feed crops.  On July 1, 2003, the Institute of Medicine (IoM) of the National Academies published “Dioxins and Dioxin-Like Compounds in the Food Supply:  Strategies to Decrease Exposure”.  A key recommendation of this report is for girls and women of childbearing age to reduce their consumption of animal fat foods due to the dioxin contaminant. 

US EPA ranks open waste burning as the largest source of dioxin releases to the environment in the United States.  State legislatures in California, Washington, Minnesota, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine have passed laws banning open waste burning.  New York State failed to legislate a ban on open waste burning due largely to the opposition of New York State Farm Bureau to such lawmaking.  The banning of open waste burning is a necessary step in restoring the quality of dairy products and meats produced by New York State agriculture.  On October 14th of this year, 6NYCRR Part 215, Open Fires, a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regulation banning open waste burning throughout New York State will take full effect.  

As environmental protection activists, we are very disappointed that New York Farm Bureau continues to advance a policy that opposes the banning of open waste burning.  We request that the New York Farm Bureau initiate an educational project that will raise awareness among its membership on the health protection that can be provided by the elimination of open waste burning.  Please make every effort to change the minds of your farmers so that the new regulation banning open waste burning will be honored by all New York State farmers.

Cancer Action NY (substitute name of your organization) would be most happy to assist the New York State Farm Bureau in developing an educational outreach as described above.  Please contact our organization at your earliest opportunity to discuss this partnership for cancer prevention/pollution prevention.

Thank you for your attention to this matter of safeguarding of the public health.


Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
P O Box 340
Colton, NY, USA 13625

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Dear Environmental Protection Activists,

Want to do something about high cancer rates?  Want to help reduce the quantities of cancer-causing dioxins in foods?  Want to help bring an end to open waste burning? 

Email Cancer Action NY <canceractionny@yahoo.com> and we will guide you in building an environmental health education campaign in your community.  Communities can educate themselves when various parts of the community, including:  students, local artists, civic organizations, environmental groups and the news media work together to provide information to the public in unique and inspiring ways.  Artists can create environmental health education posters and put them up in public buildings.  Public speakers can make environmental health presentations to school classes or civic groups.  Students can write PSAs for local radio stations.  Communities that have come to understand the connections between pollution and disease will take action to protect the environment.

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