An Alameda Garden: Santa Cruz Gets Sprayed

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Santa Cruz Gets Sprayed

There's an interesting article in the L.A. Times today about aerial spraying being done a little bit south of here in Santa Cruz County in an attempt to eradicate the light brown apple moth that has the entire state's agricultural industry chewing their nails. This moth has proved to be hugely destructive when it's taken hold in other countries, so their fears are understandable. The spraying, however, is controversial to say the least. I haven't heard any talk of spraying here in Alameda County, but it could come to that. The disturbing thing is that the opinions of the public and local governments appear to have no influence in the debate over the spraying. The Department of Agriculture supports the spraying plan and apparently doesn't recognize the fact that government agencies have lied about and endorsed the use of dangerous pesticides so many times in the past that they have absolutely no credibility now when they say that this spray is perfectly safe. Here's hoping that this time, they actually know what they're talking about.


  1. No spraying out here in Danville but they did just set out the traps in trees to prevent the moth - apparantly it has been tracked to the farmlands surrounding the San Ramon Valley area as well. I'm curious as to why they chose to spray - coverage?

  2. Any spraying no matter what anyone says is dangerous in some way and all gardeners know that spraying interrupts the natural bsalance of natures creatures. Interested in a good top read out in sunny California? Check out "Diary of a Wannabe Gardener" at and see how the main character interacts with nature. I have serious allergies and any spraying would have me ill for a week.

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