Thursday, August 22, 2013
I would be interested to know how much SWEPCO and CECC’s expenses on chemicals each year are, and on the other side of the balance sheet, the costs to beekeepers and to the huge percentage of the food supply that requires pollination. Apparently Whole Foods took out all the foods that need pollinators from one of one its stores, and the store was noticeably just about empty.
Fortunates can afford to buy organic produce and send their kids to schools without 345 or 500 KV transmission lines going through the playground, but unfortunately options are often limited for ordinary people.
Everything has unintended consequences, and like plants that are becoming genetically immune to Round Up, the same goes for pesticides. Some farmers are resorting to the herbicide paraquat (Agent Orange – a Sygenta product banned in Europe where Sygenta is headquartered, but not here in Chemical Nation).
Even though we face a perilous world without bees that need nectar plants and are being replaced by non-nectar plants, most notably lespedeza, in NWA because of SWEPCO’S and CECC’S widespread spraying of toxic herbicides, we are doubling down on pesticides that are becoming more and more toxic to pollinators and humans. These chemicals are not KoolAid, and I am sure that the big chemical bucks are filling the coffers of politicians. Why else would this insanity be going on full throttle?
Take a look around at all the lovely lespedeza and Johnson grass we have in NWA, and all the kudzu taking hold. These plants are gaining ground because of SWEPCO and CECC’S spraying our nectar natives and only the garbage plants, or invasives, can survive the aftermath of EPA-approved products produced by the largest industry in the USA - Chemicals.
We are losing our food supply and health while politicians sit idly by and let it happen.
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