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Round-Up being sprayed in Oaks Bottom!

Are pesticides in Oaks Bottom appropriate?
I was told by an employee that what he was spraying on invasive species was a preventitive spraying of round-up, and that the preventitive spray was not as bad as the dose they get if they are past the preventitive stage. Oaks bottom is ajacent to the overlooking mortuary. I couldn't help but wonder what all of those voices from all of those dead people might be saying about this. In fact, I have heard tell that the dead hate Round-Up. I'd have to say that I side with the dead on this one. How about you? Are pesticides in Oaks Bottom appropriate? According to the guy with the sprayer on his back, the Reed college studies showed that the pesticides are not harming the habitat wildlife. How about it Reed College? Is pesticide use in oaks bottom what you want?

And, then there's the matter of Monsanto 02.Apr.2008 09:11

Den Mark, Vancouver

There's also the matter of round-up's maker, monsanto, one of the most vile corporations on the planet. We should oppose monsanto in every way possible.

Not to nitpick, but... 02.Apr.2008 10:11

Mr DNA

glyphosate, or Round-Up, is an herbicide, and not a pesticide.

good call 02.Apr.2008 12:06

Ben

As a student at Reed College intending on an environmental science major, I guess I'll just say that on the surface it seems like a complex issue, but really isn't. I mean, controlling invasive species is very important if we want to maintain native ecosystems. On the other hand, FUCK MONSANTO. Why don't we just hire workers to pull out invasive plants before they go to seed and replace them by planting native species, thus increasing employment, decreasing need for toxic chemicals, and actively working to revitalize our native ecosystems rather than just creating new superweeds through natural selection? That's what we do in our campus canyon. A couple of times a year, we have a big day of food and fellowship getting students to come down and pull out invasive ivy and blackberries and replace them with ferns, native trees, and other such lovely native plants. You could hire people for fairly low cost to just pull out the plants.

But we couldn't explore that option as a city, could we? I mean, it looks like we're saving money by putting off/externalizing the cost of pollution onto future generations and the environment through pesticide use. So much easier than using effective solutions that monetarily cost more in the short term but have rippling benefits to the economy (since that money isn't actually lost, just put into the pocket of folks who need it (unlike monsanto (triple parenthesis!))).

Weeds vs. Bridges 04.Apr.2008 17:28

Moonbase Alpha

The city is too intent on spending money on pretty bicycle bridges. The city council could give a fig about hiring people to pull plants, it is not sexy. But a big expensive bike bridge (using the old Sauvie Island bridge) is sexy.

In the meantime we should all just organize an invasive species pulling party/collective! I'm game. How about we all meet next Saturday (April 12th) at 8 a.m. in Oaks Bottom and start pulling ourselves!