WHAT WE REALLY FIRST TRY TO DO — WHAT WE REALLY FIRST TRY TO DO IS TALK PEOPLE OUT OF SPRAYING ANYTHING. PAUL: GAVIN MCCANNELL HAS WORKED AT BROADWAY GARDENS IN SOUTH PORTLAND FOR 12 YEARS AND SAYS BANNING SYNTHETIC PESTICIDES WOULD TAKE AWAY AN IMPORTANT HORTICULTURAL TOOL. HE EQUATES IT TO BANNING CERTAIN TYPES OF MEDICINE.>>THERE ARE MEDICINES THAT ARE DANGEROUS WHEN THEY’RE TAKEN INAPPROPRIATELY. HOWEVER, THEY’RE A TOOL FOR MEDICINE WHEN THEY’RE USED CORRECTLY. YOU KNOW, YOU CAN’T TREAT EVERYTHING WITH ICE AND ASPIRIN. PAUL: JESSE O’BRIEN OWNS DOWN EAST TURF FARMS IN KENNEBUCK. WE MAY HAVE A PEST OF SOME TYPE THAT WILL COME IN AND THEN WE WILL HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THAT AND WE USE PESTICIDE AS A TOOL TO MITIGATE THAT. NOW, IT COULD BE AN ORGANI PESTICIDE OR ORGANIC PRODUCT. THAT’S FINE. BUT SOMETIMES, WE NEED THE OTHER TOOL, THE SYNTHETIC, TO TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM. O’BRIEN AND OTHERS SAY, OFTEN, GROWERS WHO CHOOSE TO USE ORGANIC PESTICIDES END UP HAVING TO INCREASE THE AMOUNTS THEY’RE USING. JUST BECAUSE IT SAYS ORGANIC DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN IT’S SAFE. IT COULD BE TOXIC. JUST BECAUSE IT SAYS ‘SYNTHETIC’ DOESN’T MEAN IT IS TOXIC, IT COULD BE SAVED. PAUL: ENVIRONMENTALISTS PUSHI FOR A PESTICIDE BAN HAVE FOUND AN ALLY IN PORTLAND CITY COUNCILOR JON HINCK.>>I’M CONVINCED THAT WE CERTAINLY MISAPPLY, MISUSE, AND OVERUSE PESTICIDES AND IT WOULD BE NICE IF WE CAN FIGURE OUT A WAY THAT WE STOP DOING THAT AND USE PESTICIDES ONLY WHERE NEEDED AND ONLY WHEN THERE’S NO ALTERNATIVE. PAUL: HINCK SAYS LEANING AWAY FROM SYNTHETIC AND TOWARD ORGANIC PESTICIDES IS IMPORTANT TO PRESERVE OUR CITY AND ITS PEOPLE>>A LOT OF WHAT WE ARE PUTTING DOWN IN PORTLAND ENDS UP IN CASCO BAY AND IS A WATER QUALITY PROBLEM. WE ALSO HAVE EXPOSED KIDS TO PESTICIDES WHEN WE DON’T WANT TO. WE EXPOSE PETS TO PESTICIDES WHEN WE DON’T WANT TO. PAUL LAWMAKERS HERE IN PORTLAND AND OVER IN SOUTH PORTLAND COULD TAKE ACTION ON THESE PROPOSED PESTICDE BANS AS SOON AS NEXT