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Posted on April 4 at 2:14 p.m.
Did I mention poisoned food and contaminated ground water?
On Fear the Fruit Fly
Posted on April 4 at 2:01 p.m.
Pesticides just do not make sense.
My line of reasoning is simple. It is unknown how much long-term loss we face in citrus production if we implement proven and organic long-term solutions to the ACP/HLB issue such as providing habitat for predator insects (such as wasps, hover flies, ladybugs, etc.) that keep the harmful, disease spreading insects in check. However, It IS known how much long-term loss we face if we start the cycle of neonicotinoid pesticide applications – this is not my opinion, but a known issue affecting populations of humans today - look up "hand pollination china" and you'll see. I call it a cycle, because once you begin using theses pesticides, you must continue to do so, else the ACP and future pests and diseases WILL return to attack the weakened citrus genetics that we created by artificial pesticide “protection”. Also, in the pesticide scenario, one must consider the other crops losses (apples, apricots, plums, vegetables, etc.) that occur from loss of pollination services provided by bees, flys, moths, butterflies, etc.