The Reality of biodiversity in the USA
- Hello gardeners,
The issue of seed importation does not rest solely on
the shoulders of the industry giants like Monsanto,
but it is true that they are the only winners if that
regulation is enforced. I would like to point out
that the first comment came from "Laurence
Hutchinson" <lh@...> - and
the UK is an island.
I am living in Chile, and the Andes, the Pacific, and
the Atacama 'Driest-Desert-in-the-World' define the
borders, so we are effectively an ecological island.
The invasive species from Europe now dominate the
I would strongly support a regulation like the
phyto-sanitary certificate rule, if it were put in
effect in 1492. The past 500 years have seen huge
quantities of soil, plants, and animals shipped from
Europe and Africa to the AMericas, so it is impossible
to prevent infestation of alien exotics at this stage.
For Monsanto, the 'certificate rule' is a mere
pretense of ecological correctness, or for gardeners,
a fantasy of purity.
So please fight against that rule - it is meaningless
in the USA. On the otherhand, it is important in
Chile. It is one rule that is relatively well
Chile has been overtaken by exotic species, and
genetically engineered crops would be a drastic blow
to diversity here. Chile is quite small, and already
under seige. Rats, slugs, snail, fleas, and mink(!)
are all imported, and thrive exceedingly well.
The USA, on the other hand, has had open borders for
so long, it can never recover to its pristine base.
The fight against the free movement of seeds must go
Even the lowly red wiggler earthworm is apparently
orignally from Europe, and, although revered as a
compost miracle worker, can be the Killer Worm!
Earthworms many not want to eat the root itself, but
they like to eat the bacteria and fungi close to the
In the 1800s European settlers arrived, bringing with
them European earthworm species in potted plants.
European earthworms have been part of the habitats
surrounding human habitation ever since.
> I hope that this action will still restricts alien
> species from transfer
> from one country to another as this is likely to
> cause big problems for the
> biodiversity and local ecology, apart from that
> issue you have a good point.
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- Mr. Zack,
I wonder what you think about Fukuoka sensei's idea of
planting daikon (japanese radish) in soil depleted
areas, i.e. his experience in California (even though
it is not a native species)?
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- Hello Everyone,
Referring to Zack's concerns, I find this a difficult
subject. I have been landscaping and organic farming
for the last 15 years. Often I come across people who
support native vs non natives. One of the arguments
that I think JL Hudson espouses that makes sense to me
is that humans are no different from other animals. A
bird eats a seed and then disperses it. We are no
different. On the other hand some plants are terribly
invasive and there seems to be need for control. I
hope that we are at the point where our knowledge can
provide us with the insight to judge what should be
controlled. Then again, on an entirely other hand,
what may be considered an invasive unwanted plant may
be a godsend (for lack of a better term) staring us in
the face. In landscaping I find myself weeding out
plants that are medicinal and nutritious to eat. If
we were to start appreciating the use of invasive
plants and start harvesting them for their use instead
of tossing them into the compost pile maybe life might
be a little easier. The craziest part of everything I
see is that there is no time to do things right. I
wonder where we ran out of time. I am in no way
advocating the loss of native species. My topic is on
the value of biodiverisity. I just wonder where our
place is in the overalll scheme of things.
~ Angela Flynn
Collective action accumulating from individual choices shapes the future. - Joe Sherman
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