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  •  Dude, you're confusing the word "pesticide" with (13+ / 0-)

    "insecticide", which, along with "herbicide", is a class of "pesticide".

    As an organic farmer for almost 30 years, I can assure you that all classes of pesticides exert pressure, in a variety of complex ways, on bees and other beneficial insects, whether "targets" or not.  Entire ecosystems are upended.  I invite you to stand beside a thousand acre field that was once alive with an unimaginable variety (which, as Gene Logsdon so succinctly points out, ". . . is not the spice of life, it is the key to life!"), one that you've seen while still alive, and revisit it one week after being "treated" with Roundup.  Then you'll get it, I promise.  

    •  well said farmerhunt n/t (3+ / 0-)
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      America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

      by cacamp on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 04:11:02 PM PDT

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    •  I AM Confused By Your Logic... (0+ / 0-)

      Are you saying that by killing the so called "weeds" with roundup, the act of eliminating the so called "weeds" harms the bees because the bees no longer have the "weeds" for a food source?

      If this is true, how did the bees survive the 150 years from 1800 to 1950 when people chopped cotton by hand?  No pesticides were used, but millions of acres of fields were kept as close to a desert as possible to get the largest cotton crop possible.

      Surely during your 30 years as an organic farmer you tried to keep the weeds out of your garden, I do.

    •  Killing things we don't like is a really (0+ / 0-)

      bad habit.  We should only kill what we are willing to eat.

      Fear leads people to kill first and ask questions later. We should get over our fears.

      People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

      by hannah on Wed Apr 25, 2012 at 02:26:44 AM PDT

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