Category Archives: pesticides/insecticides

Best Article on Glyphosate

​Please read through this highly informative article and for the sake of all wildlife and your own health,   stop using any products containing this dangerous chemical…

http://responsibletechnology.org/best-article-glyphosate-comments-jeffrey-smith/

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Pesticides kill ‘all’ Wildlife not only insects

It’s frightening how stupid and uneducated people still are in regards to pesticides :(.But this stupidities explain parts of why nature has and is being destructed on such a large scale.)

This is a article from Audubon Society of Rhode Island

http://www.asri.org/

So, I was checking my voicemail this morning and there was one from a caller who said that she had her trees sprayed for caterpillars – trees occupied by three bird feeders – and now, she is upset that there are no birds at all for her to watch. She wonders if the spray could possibly have something to do with it. (Yes, spraying pesticides on your trees will have an effect on the songbirds.) It is not uncommon for us to get inquiries such as these, and it is with great frustration and sadness that we often are faced with educating people after the damage has been done. So, please let me take a moment to reach out to our Facebook friends and family and be proactive about this topic. All pesticides are designed to kill. Some are very targeted, such as B. T. (Bacillus thuringiensis) which primarily affects Lepidopterans (moths and butterflies), but most pesticides are broad and indiscriminate. When you make the choice to treat your house or landscape with rodenticides or grub treatment or mosquito foggers or any other pesticide treatment, you have an intent of ridding yourself of a specific creature that you find distasteful. However, nothing in nature exists in a vacuum. Everything is connected. When you affect one population, it has a ripple effect across the populations that depend upon and coexist with it. When you spray insecticide, for instance, it does not just kill the ‘bugs’ you don’t like, but kills all insects, including honeybees, butterflies and ladybugs. Likewise, when you spray, the insects do not simply disappear off the face of the earth. Many live a short time before they perish. In this time, they may be consumed by natural predators, like songbirds, small mammals and other insects. Pesticides may have a direct toxicity to these animals or may build up in their fat or blood and cause illness or death over time. Even so-called “green” chemicals are still intended to kill, and though they may be derived from natural sources or biodegrade quickly, they are still highly toxic to you and other organisms.

Friends, it is so very important in this day and age, with the steady decline of bird populations and the utter devastation of pollinator populations that we humans take a serious, proactive look at the choices we make and the practices we support – either directly or indirectly. It is vital that we do not go blindly into the world, but make ourselves informed and educated about products and practices and about science, industry and nature. Here at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, we very much want to help people become educated and able to make informed choices. We are here to answer your questions and point you in the direction of reliable and scientifically accurate information. But we also encourage you to think and question BEFORE you act. Your actions have consequences. Thanks for listening!

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(Photo Credit http://www.yorku.ca/bstutch/research.htm)

Fungi instead of pesticides

Scientists in Ireland have found that growing fungus inside barley helps the plants ward off disease. Brian Murphy, a botanist at Trinity College Dublin, has also shown that an inoculation of fungus allows plants to thrive in harsh conditions. The fungal treatment helped when the scientists made the plants suffer and exposed them to drought, stress, and disease.It helped all at once. 🙂

The plants treated with fungi had six times the survival rate as those without.
If this technology pans out, it could replace pesticides in some situations which would have in a long term, positve effects on the biodiversity.

http://grist.org/food/are-shrooms-the-new-pesticide/

Image: Endophytic fungi growing between tall fescue cells by Nick Hill

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Can GMO fields exist next to Organic fields?

…of course not unless there is a very wide space in between.The GMOs will contaminate the good organic fields and the farmer will be sued by the manufacturer of  the GMO’s. The topic of this article is in the USA…But that does not mean that GMOs cause no threat to other farmers worldwide as GMOs made it already into various countries…

 

One lesser-known aspect of the growing movement for food integrity is the ongoing, time-sensitive threat posed to organic and natural farmers — and the plant world in general — by cross-contamination from genetically modified crops. – See more at: 

http://althealthworks.com/3510/how-organic-farmers-are-forced-to-bear-the-costs-and-the-risks-of-gmo-contamination/#sthash.ONJW1Cm3.dpuf

 

 

 

 

 

Pesticides in bee friendly flower seeds

Friends of the Earth U.S.

Our new report, Gardeners Beware 2014, found bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides in just over half of the “bee-friendly” plants tested in garden centers in U.S. and Canada. To read more and to find out how to make your garden safe for bees, visit www.beeaction.org.

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Why we need bees

Bees are important as without them many plant species and human foods would not be.Just think amout tomatos for a moment…Can you imagine a world without tomatos? No ketchup? No puree? No pizza? So, even if ‘YOU’ don’t eat honey,, you should still care a lot about bees and help to protect them.

In particular from their greatest threats which are the Neonicotinoids (Roundup pesticide for one example) and GMOs.This is not highlighted in this video..But then it’s all about why bees are important. ..Phillip explains 5 good reasons ‘Why’ we need bees…

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YaaQUGPXtnU

Neonicotinoids

The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides is the response of the scientific community to concern around the impact of systemic pesticides on biodiversity and ecosystems. 

Its intention is to provide the definitive view of science to inform more rapid and improved decision-making.

Watch the video in the picture link.

http://www.tfsp.info

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