Invasive Pests May Pose Threats to Your State

| 12/24/2013 9:24:00 AM

Emerald Ash Borer Adult 

Currently, Pennsylvania is under federal quarantine due to the threat of Emerald Ash Borers and European Gypsy Moths. Emerald Ash Borers have destroyed “tens of millions of ash trees in 19 states in the Midwest and Northeast,” according to Hungry Pest and there are no known treatments other than to remove and dispose of the trees.

Tonight I heard a commercial on the car radio about invasive pests potentially destroying the vast amount of trees and plants stretching across Pennsylvania. It sounded like a public announcement and it painted a swarm of never-before-seen insects flying towards this state at full speed ready to devour everything in seconds. Well, at least in my mind.

I turned up the volume then checked out the website as soon as I got home. A public service announcement video was posted on their website, nearly identical to the radio commercial I heard moments before.

Raising awareness is great and I will make sure to visit their website to keep up-to-date but it seems like there may be some facts that are missing or perhaps some questions that may have went unanswered or unasked. Questions such as how and why are we presently dealing with invasive pests? And what are some potential solutions to the underlying problem?

Potential Root of the Problem

Conventional farming, also known as industrial farming, consists of growing genetically engineered seeds to profitably grow large amounts of one crop, examples being corn and soy. Growing large amounts of one crop is referred to as a mono-culture production system. Under this system, increasing amounts of fertilizer, pesticides, and other agricultural chemicals are required.

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