Don't you just have to let your insect plague take care of itself, whatever, because otherwise you start the dynamic, "i have to use a bit of pesticide in this situation and in that", and end up absolutely addicted, unable to believe any crop however healthy will come out alright without it. Also using them stops you looking for other solutions like making sure the plants are really healthy and so able to fight and beat disease on their own. Healthy plants come inoculate with a mycorrhizae, they live in soils with plenty of nutrients in a substrate that makes these easy to absorb and that holds and maintains plenty of nutrients, water and oxygen.
We have not started to feed everyone because we can use pesticides to end plagues as was once supposed and the use of chemicals on the land
is destroying the soil if only because they replace some of the functions of a good soil but not all of them and they do poison the soil and water. We are just as useless as we always were. Maybe, we have to have the government step in and help financially when there is a plague instead of having pesticides step in, government can't be worse than pesticides.
I feed the birds, and last month i saw a nuthatch, one of the birds the foodi leave most attracts to my garden, picking insects of the trunk of a tree.
A few years ago i went through my great grandmothers bird books
that have a long piece of writting on each bird and searched out the food each Bird ate, i wanted to plant things that were good for birds. All of them excepting things like king fishers and hawks give up eating grain when they have young are nesting and turn into insect eaters, maybe they are always a bit omnivores and just get more so in spring anyway there is not much grain in spring.
I read an article i will search for again that said that experiments had shown that small quantities of pesticed are incredibly prejudicial to bees
We live in the bees
extinction era, maybe we can't, at the moment, use any pesticide at all. I tried to find the article and didnot, but putting in bees and pesticides got me the same information in wikipedia and in other articles. Big quantities of pesticides kill the bee stopping it from getting back to the hive, small quantities don't kill the bee, allowing it to take back pesticides with the pollen it collects and lay up a stock in the hive, so doing more damage to the community
than its own death could cause.
Also pesticides are cancergenic and have or at least some pesticides and herbicides have, as part of their composition, a chemical that behaves like an estrogen, Colbert of the Colbert report,was talking abut it this week. This is also used in plastics and detergents if i remember right. it Behaves like an estrogen except that the estrogen's of women don't get through the barrier of the placenta. At first boy and girls, in the womb have the same genitals, what we consider female genitals, until receiving a shot of testostoronaproduced by the baby when the centre part of the genitals grow and closes on the underside. If the fetus receives to many false estrogen's this may not happen or not happen as it should so the baby has very small genitals. These substances also affect their testicles and i once heard a few years ago, was, maybe responsible in part for low sperm count breast and testicle cancer and are responsible for male fish producing eggs instead of sperm and other anomalies in the animals of waterways full of these chemicals.
The thread on arguing with farmers or some such title, some one said they hoped the governments would keep out of the farmers life. I have an article that says that the lack of government regulation has meant that factory farms have straggled out small farmers in North America. July /August - corporate pigs and other tales of agribusiness. Multinational Monitor. You get it putting in - coporate pigs and other tales of agribusiness -, i have just tried, unless something changes, like the big factory farming businesses get a whiff of this and put in a whole lot of articles with the same name, i have know such a thing to happen on the internet.
In several parts of Germany, the waterboard or water utilities, are paying the farmers to go organic, to save themselves the expense of getting pesticides out of the drinking water which is so expensiveto do that it makes paying farmers to go organic worth while. The o'mama report. Enviromental facts 15/12/06.
In some parts of Europe the governments pay farmers who are making the change over. When they are making the change they can't use chemicals fertilisers and haven't yet got a good enough build up of organic material to grow good crops on without chemicals. They get help until they get the papers that certify them, after a few years when it may be supposed any past build up of chemicals in their soils will have disappeared. Before this they cannot sell
their goods at the special prices ecological products command and a possible reduction in output if they go organic make these bigger prices important for ecological farmer though it seems in story after story that in the hands of the efficient organic or permaculture
farmer, their farms produce as much as other farmers farms. In America the farmers make the change on their own.