State ag leaders say money needed to study ag pests

State agriculture leaders Thursday blamed budget cuts since the 1980s for setting back study of the invasive light brown apple moth, and allowing the pest to establish itself in Northern California. Read more
Carlos Gortari de Salinas

San Bruno, CA

#1 Jul 24, 2008
This sounds so simple, yet the implementation is significantly more difficult. We are looking at what we should have done in hindsight, for which, as always, the solutions are very clear. Had we known LBAM was on the way over, a few traps around SFO would have been sufficient.
The problem is there are tens of thousands of potentially invasive pest species in the world right now that have yet to enter California. What are we supposed to do, trap for them all?
Mernie1

Littleton, CO

#2 Jul 24, 2008
This is really sad. more than a year has passed since the LBAM was "discovered" (when it had probably been around for at least 30 years) and the state is still trying to find excuses for their mismanagement of an insect which has CAUSED NO HARM. People were harmed though. Is the state trying to slither out of a position of responsibility for overseeing or rather forcing this harm upon the people it is sworn to protect?
The state's responsibility is to protect the people not kill the insects, kill the people and taint the crops. The state ag officials should spend some time learning new, safer and organic ways to protect the people, crops and the insects who all have a beneficial role in nature. Why is killing the only thing anybody seems to know how to do these days? There are better ways, so let's stop giving the state room to grieve over what it might have done. I'm sure those who have become ill from the spraying are very tired of hearing the state's sad song. The state should be very glad someone stopped them from poisoning everyone and everything in California.
rita

United States

#3 Jul 24, 2008
oh, but the money at stake for chemical companies and research grants is prime. that's the only reason for this big push to eradicate an insect that doesn't really cause damage. The agricultural crops in this country are at great risk because big ag business, has narrowed the varieties and they are fragile and suseptible. By practicing diversity in varieties, you have hardiness and assurance that some speices will be fine. Eample' Maine wild blueberries, in each field are many different varieties of blueberries, if something happens to one or a few varieties, the others still do fine.. Lt's not woory about all peaches, for example, looking the same and being a certain size and colors let;s have lot's of varieties that are flavorful and hardy!
Mernie1

Littleton, CO

#4 Jul 25, 2008
rita wrote:
oh, but the money at stake for chemical companies and research grants is prime. that's the only reason for this big push to eradicate an insect that doesn't really cause damage. The agricultural crops in this country are at great risk because big ag business, has narrowed the varieties and they are fragile and suseptible. By practicing diversity in varieties, you have hardiness and assurance that some speices will be fine. Eample' Maine wild blueberries, in each field are many different varieties of blueberries, if something happens to one or a few varieties, the others still do fine.. Lt's not woory about all peaches, for example, looking the same and being a certain size and colors let;s have lot's of varieties that are flavorful and hardy!
You are so right!
Kathy Smithe

Sunnyvale, CA

#5 Jul 26, 2008
We here know there is no crop damage from the LBAM. It's been here 30 to 50 years. Natural predators have adapted to eating it. Scientists have stepped forward and said that the LBAM can not be eradicated. But, now, we must alert those north of us, that they must fight back again this LBAM program and what we've learned. Santa Cruz and Monterey County have two lawsuits that temporarity stopped the spraying, showing there's been no crop damage. That CEQA (Calif. Environ. Quality Act) law was not followed which says an E.I.R. must be done. That untested pesticdes (hidden under a phermone name) were sprayed on people. Thousands were sick, but some doctors still think it was only a safe pheromone. Alert those in the northern part of California they must prepare lawsuits to the same two that were done. Also ask your senators and legislators to push through to declassify this moth, since it only likes the cooler climate, is not going inward, is a leafroller and munches mostly slowly on a leaf (not pine needles and redwoods which is one of the numerous trees/plants on the list that should not be there). Declassify the moth and remove it from the evasive species list. Stop asking for emergency money, millions of tax payers money, to spray over the homes of the people of California, causing fear and people not to feel safe in their own homes. There is no crop damage, therefore, no emergency.
We showed this. So, why are they going on? Why are the appealing the court cases.
Stand up and say no more to untested chemicals sprayed over the people and our environment of forest, rivers, parks. Why? The LBAM is not a threat. It's been here 30-50 years. It's a waste of money. It's wrong. Spraying untested pesticide chemicals on people is illegal. Say no more. Help us.

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