We’re fresh from the annual conference of the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers in Auburn. We spent all day Friday and all day Saturday with commercial growers working to do a better job growing the food that Alabamians need. The conference was well-designed and helpful, but both of us became fatigued hearing SO much about poison. Let’s acknowledge that these are the good guys. These are the conscientious farmers who are interested in staying up to date on the latest information about growing methods, varieties, and practices. They actually read the labels and at least try to follow them. So this is in no way a criticism of these growers are those teaching them. It’s more a comment on the system that controls what they learn, what consumers demand, and how their products get priced, a system that leaves these well-meaning growers with very few alternatives to poison.
Our podcast today starts with our dismay about this system and finishes with the approach we take to weed control and pest control here at Longleaf Breeze.
Here’s the web site for Roundup, the Monsanto brand name for the generic chemical glyphosate. Here’s a description of the way glyphosate works and the damage it’s causing from a former USDA researcher.
With references to herbicides and insecticides generally, here’s a database of research about the diseases known to be linked to pesticide use on US farms from www.beyondpesticides.org.