Re: Jim Hawes review of IPM practices
- Subject: Re: Jim Hawes review of IPM practices
- From: Andrew Lietzow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sat, 05 May 2001 06:21:06 -0500
Gerry O'Neil wrote:
RE:>>I think you've left out the most destructive pest of all - us.
I seldom try to "stir things up" - I am a peacemaker. I do, however,
like to encourage people to get out of their comfort zones and to continue
to research things. Yes, man is destructive, yet so is nature.
We are constantly repairing the damage that nature has done (earthquakes,
tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, monsoons, volcanoes) and trying to save
species that, were they left to their own devices, would disappear all
on their own. Where have all the dinosaurs gone? We did not
destroy them. I think there are more rabbits, squirrels and deer
alive today than there ever has been! (conjecture... no facts
to back this up but some of the old timers in Iowa believe this is true).
Yes, I seriously believe that without chemicals (applied according
to the label instructions, of course), we would soon be turning control
of the planet back to the pests, the plaques, and ultimately the resultant
famines. We know the devastation that pests can bring to a crop, or to
an entire region. Man tends to be the savior of nature and not the
harbinger of doom that we are portrayed to be by some of the radical protesters.
We are much meaner to ourselves than we are to the plants or the earth.
(There ARE however, lots of idiots out there who haven't even learned how
to not litter. But lets not talk about my pet pev--I won't sound
like much of a peacemaker if we start talking about people who litter.
I have a cousin (a member of the Green Peace movement?) who sent me
an email message, warning me about the use of Round-Up ready beans and
corn. Needless to say, I pointed him to research and away from
the hype and hysteria. Not that we are blameless, because we are
not. However, there is SO much good that comes from the research
efforts of man to improve his/her environment that the damage we have done
is nearly negligible. Sure, we have some messes that we have
had to clean up, but I believe in the reality of unlimited wealth and so
far, it's holding true.
Won't be long until we're all driving hydrogen powered cars!
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