Light brown apple moth found in Tracy
San Joaquin County farm officials continue efforts to eradicate the light brown apple moth, an agricultural pest native to Australia, but recently had to convince federal and state authorities to support the program.
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#1 Aug 5, 2010
LIGHT BROWN APPLE MOTH (LBAM) PROGRAM IS A FRAUD
Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) is a non-issue in California. The CDFA admitted "No Damage" from the moth in the EIR that two superior courts (Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties) forced CDFA to do. The moth has been in California for decades and its nearly identical cousins have been in California for tens of thousands of years, longer than people.
The Bay Area (Northern California) knows all about this fraudulent program, so now CDFA is assisting the false information to spread through the other areas of the state who believe the false information and have no experience with the moth to know that the false info is a joke (a bad joke).
If you still think the moth is dangerous, contact any agriculture commissioner in the state and you will find NO DOCUMENTED DAMAGE FROM LBAM in any county in California.
This entire program was fabricated by CDFA for about $100 Million per year and was planned to continue for 30 years. Most all of the money was to be distributed through privileged insider chemical companies in the form of completely UNNECESSARY pesticide contracts. So pretending that LBAM was a danger was the false excuse to rape the public's funds.
Quarantines and restrictions on farmers are real, but caused by CDFA, not the moth.
See a Professor's report on the Fraud of the CDFA LBAM Eradication program at:
#2 Aug 6, 2010
There is NO THREAT caused by the LBAM ANYWHERE it is found in the world. The moth has been in the state for decades and has, by CDFA's own admission in their EIR, NOT CAUSED ANY DAMAGE in the state. The moth was misclassified decades ago and the USDA and CDFA refuse to respect modern research and knowledge regarding the real threat of this innocuous insect. In New Zealand, where it has been found for more then 100 years (this is true also for Hawaii, the UK, and everywhere it is native or has been introduced) farmers are required to provide only LBAM-free produce if they intend to export to the US. New Zealand farmers are not subject to quarantines, do not have to have LBAM-free farms, and the government helps these farmers with useful information on control. Our CDFA and USDA are not there to help just prevent farmers from doing their jobs and imposing restrictions. LBAM is easy to control with organic IPM methods.
The ONLY threat of LBAM is the inspections and draconian quarantines imposed on our farmers and the violation of our farms and businesses by the CDFA/USDA. The media and agricultural commissioners have not acted responsibly and need to check the misinformation they promulgate as facts regarding the LBAM and the eradication program.
Resist the quarantines, ask questions, get educated (Northern California resisted after the CDFA sprayed regions of Santa Cruz and Monterey counties with synthetic chemicals never meant for or tested for exposure to humans and without any efficacy tests on how these treatments might work). Refuse to sign compliance agreements until all of your questions are answered. Stand up and fight with legal challenges. LBAM is not a threat, our Ag agencies are the real threat despite the fact their job is to protect us.
#3 Aug 6, 2010
Much appreciate those who leave long descriptive/detailed comments (as above) because the entire story is not being told....
hundreds of farmers and hundreds of business owners and organizations who support farmers signed a letter...it was entered as proof in the Senate Food and Agriculture Committee.
strongly recommending that CDFA reclassify the LBAM and quit this game which is hurting California citizens' health, wasting tax dollars and hurting our hard working farmers...
#5 Aug 6, 2010
obama said this was because of 8 years of Bush.
and, he added that he wouldn't rest until BP put up a 50 million dollar fund to stop the flow of the Light Brown Apple Moth.......
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