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Re: Re: Buddleia davidii a noxious weed???

Plus DuPont and Dow Chemical have been brainwashing the American public
since the 50's. Chemicals are GOOD!! And people actually believe it!
It's amazing.

Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: Marge Talt
Sent: 3/23/2004 11:08:19 PM
To: wendyswope@mindspring.com;gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Buddleia davidii a noxious weed???

> You can take any soapbox I've got, Wendy:-)
> Sadly, tho', the battle against non-native plants, whether initially
> pushed by the chemical companies or not (and I have read something to
> that effect), has now become a mantra with most native plant groups
> or environmentally oriented groups.  This has a lot to do with a lady
> named Faith Campbell, who has spent a lifetime organizing people to
> think as she does and pushing all the right political buttons.
> Trouble is that gardeners in general are not organized and don't have
> the type of personalities that want to or enjoy being organized in
> political action type groups...we mostly just want to garden.  So we
> either never find out, or ignore when we do, what is happening out
> there until it's too late to stop the flood.   We now have
> legislation on the books that opens the door to the establishment of
> white lists - lists of plants that are permitted to be grown - if not
> on the list, you can't grow it.  USDA will affirm that they have no
> white list in force.  That is true, but it's just waiting in the
> wings and it will be done one of these days unless there's enough
> pressure from sensible people to stop it.  I just hope I'm not here
> any more when they make that list and start to enforce it.
> You're right, chemicals are such a big business that they will not be
> legislated out unless there is some disaster that can't be ignored -
> like DDT..and that took many years and 'The Silent Spring' to do
> anything about.  Plus, most people are looking for an easy way to
> control their environment - kill bugs; have green lawns and lush
> plants and the chemical companies have big advertising budgets.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> > From: Wendy Swope <wendyswope@mindspring.com>
> > 
> > YAY, MARGE!!!   (I happen to like that particular soapbox!  May I
> borrow it?)
> > 
> > As for me and my SW OH landscape, I have lots of buddleias, they
> are mostly species, and they do self-propagate.  I give them away to
> friends and family.  Anybody who sees them in summer, loaded with
> bees, butterflies, and hummingbird moths, wants one.  Between the
> buddleia and the Russian sage, I have an amazing variety of
> pollinators who come to visit my flowers.  And while both plants can
> get out of control, I figure it's mainly because they have no
> competition in this artificial environment.  I just dig the invaders
> up, or surrender the area <g!>.
> > 
> > In the suburban landscape where I live, you can see acre after acre
> of poison-coated turfgrass, and plenty of colorful hybrid (overbred!)
> annuals with no food value for wildlife.  The animals and insects
> congregate in my no-spray, heirloom-loaded corner of the
> neighborhood, and they are welcome.  Why doesn't the state ban
> Chem-Lawn type services and pesticide use in urban areas, if they are
> so eager to assist the environment?  (Yeah, we ALL know why they
> won't do that. . . $$$)
> > 
> > I suspect the battle against non-native species is being pushed
> more by the herbicide manufacturers than it is by misguided
> enviromentalists.
> > 
> > Wendy
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