Sableagle wrote:Same reason there are fewer flies buzzing around in the USA than in Austria: everything's soaked in toxic chemicals.
It's okay, I'm sure Monsanto will come out with a Roundup-resistant strain of bees soon enough. And reasonably-priced, too, no doubt!
They'll only sell colonies with barren queens, though, so we'll have to buy a fresh colony from them every year.
CorruptUser wrote:Uhh... glyphosate isn't particularly toxic to anything that isn't a plant, and in terms of human safety it's actually much safer than caffeine (which is, however, extremely toxic to insects and plants). It's neonicotonoids that are killing all the bees.
Glyphosate was one place where Avaaz and I really disagreed. Studies showed that oral consumption of large amounts of glyphosate may be associated with an increased risk of cancer in rats, so they got it banned. Now, banned from use on food crops I could understand, but when I used glyphosate I wasn't using it to keep a food crop weed-free. I was using it very carefully to get rid of some really stubborn weeds and, once I'd killed them and they'd withered away where they stood, nobody was eating them.This thing
? Glyphosate was the
weedkiller we could use on that. It shades out other plants so nothing else grows on the riverbank, then it dies back in autumn so nothing's growing there at all and the riverbank is more susceptible to erosion. It's deadly poisonous to (almost) anything (except sheep for some reason) so it's no damn use. The seeds can stay dormant but viable for seven years so getting rid of it's damn hard. The roots stay viable if they're chopped up, like how you can grow a carrot plant from a carrot stick, so ploughing it into the ground just turns one bit plant into a hundred smaller ones. It's also a host for carrot fly, so in gardens near where it grows, carrots don't. Also, it causes phytophotosensitisation.
Spoilered for images of injuries:
Anywhere its sap gets on your skin, you get sunburned really, really easily ... for the next few days, weeks, months or, maybe, 15 years. Fall off your bicycle in t-shirt and shorts and crash into one of them aged 8 and you could be graduating from university and looking for a job while still
gothed up to cover all the affected areas, having lived the whole scholl -> high school -> college -> university part of your life without ever being able to fit in with the others in any outdoor activity and having to sit away from the windows.
It used to be that a local with some spare cash could get a bottle of glyphosate and a big sprayer with a long lance, mix up a tankful and go out on a still, clear, summer morning to spray those (Russian) bastards along however much length of riverbank one tankful would cover.
Then Avaaz got it banned from sale. Now we can't do anything about it. Well, someone with a full Nomex suit could go and chop it the heck down every three days from March until whenever it stops trying to grow, or maybe someone could get some thermite grenades and roll them into the bases of stands of the stuff, but ... Yeah, not so happy with Avaaz on that one.
Oh, Willie McBride, it was all done in vain.