No, it's not Hollywood's latest thriller, but a real threat to our
environment and economy. Increasing human population and per capita
consumption, leading to expansion of global trade, and increases in human
mobility have resulted in unprecedented invasion by nonnative species. These
biological invasions produce severe, often irreversible impacts on
agriculture, recreation, and our natural resources. Invasive species threaten
biodiversity, habitat quality, and ecosystem function. They are the
second-most important threat to native species, behind habitat destruction,
having contributed to the decline of 42% of U.S. endangered and threatened
species. Introduced species also present an ever-increasing threat to food
and fiber production. In the United States, the economic costs of nonnative
species invasions reach billions of dollars each year.
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". . . . after the last fish has been caught, Only then will you find that
money cannot be eaten." Cree Indian Prophecy
- Ed, One only has to live in the South to be very aware of this fact.
Kudzu which was indtroduced as a means of erosion control is threatening
to choke out native species all over the South.
The standing "joke" around here is that if you leave your bedroom window
open at night, that kudzu will creep in and strangle you in your sleep.
It's not QUITE that bad, but almost.
The Zebra Mussel also is wreaking havoc in the Great Lakes and has
already started causing problems down as far as Arkansas. Further,
jellyfish which have been introduced into the Gulf of Mexico where they
have no natural predators are destroying the eco-system there as well.
These are just a few of the examples that I am aware of.
Please check out this new list, for those who believe that we CAN change
the world, one person at a time, starting with ourselves.
Resistance is fertile!
To stay abreast of the issues of genetic engineering and its effect on
our food supply and the ecosystem, check out the following list:
- Further, jellyfish which have been introduced into the Gulf of Mexico where
have no natural predators are destroying the eco-system there as well.>>
This is new to me and very sad, very sad.
Thanks for bringing me up to date.