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Swiss mired in poisonous row over pesticides
The idyllic image of peaceful Swiss Alpine pastures is being shattered by upcoming votes on pesticides which have sharply divided opinion in rural Switzerland. The Swiss will vote on June 13 on a proposal which, if it passes, would make Switzerland the first country in the world to ban synthetic pesticides. Proponents seek to ban pesticides with non-naturally occurring chemicals -- and not only for agriculture but also for public green spaces, private gardens, and even for killing the weeds on railway tracks.
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You may have seen on the networks, his nightmare videos where we see thousands ofto grill in barns, dwellings and moving by hordes at vive pace. The images were turned into . After several years of , months of devastating forest fires at the end of 2019 and the floods that followed, the farmers of the east of the country must now deal with an invasion of mice that devour their harvests and against which They are completely helpless.
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The state government has announced rebates of up to $10,000 for farmers using zinc phosphide to try and kill the hordes of mice ravaging the countryside.The move follows last week's commitment of $50m for a control package.
"My father is still alive, he is 93 years old, and these are the three worst years of his life. I think it's probably the worst invasion of mouse ever recorded, "according to Col Tink, farmer cattle farmer near Dubbo, a small remote town of New South Wales. He fears that this plague continues during the austral winter, which begins in June. "If we do not have a truly cold and wet winter, I worry a little about what will happen in the spring," said this 65-year-old man.landed in Australia with the first British settlers
Steve Henry, researcher within CSIO, the public scientific research center, is hardly more optimistic. "When such a mouse invasion ends, they disappear overnight and that is not what we are currently attending," says Steve Henry, specialisthave been harmful for nearly three decades.
Why is there a mouse plague in Australia and can it be stopped?
The mouse plague in the eastern states of Australia has caused millions of dollars in damage, lost production and raised mental health concerns. Why has it happened and what can be done?The mouse plague, which started 10 months ago, has ruined the drought recovery as the pests devour new crops and destroy machinery.
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The mice landed in Australia with the first British settlers. This tiny rodent adapts perfectly to the good and poor performance of Australian agriculture, linked to climate. This scourge is frequent but this year, he has reached peaks.Climate change could make this phenomenon more frequent
this year, the numbers are "simply astronomical", according to Terry Fishpool, 74, a producer of cereals of Tottenham, in New South Wales. Large amounts of rodents were reported in October and an exceptional harvest, after the worst drought ever recorded, allowed them to proliferate.
Bill Bateman, Professor Associate at Curtin University in Western Australia, believes that so far, these mouse invasions occur only once a decade, but climate change could make this phenomenon more frequent. "If we no longer have harsh winters, the mice will survive all year round, then it will become chronic," says Bill Bateman.
Judge halts Biden's race-based aid for farmers, says challenge is 'likely to succeed'
A Wisconsin federal judge ordered a temporary halt to a $4 billion race-based federal relief program for farmers on Thursday. A group of White farmers had filed a lawsuit arguing the policy discriminates against them. Milwaukee District Judge William Griesbach issued a temporary restraining order, noting the White farmers "are likely to succeed on the merits of their claim that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) " use of race-based criteria in the administration of the program violates their right to equal protection under the law," according to NBC News.
The solution: a dangerous pesticide for the environment ...
Faced with this scourge, the Australian government has announced a multi-million dollar aid plan and developed a powerful pesticide, bromadiolone, which has not yet yet approved by the authorities. But this anti-coagulant, which acts more quickly and effectively than the pesticides so far widespread, has the disadvantage of staying longer in the body of dead or agonizing mice.
Experts fear that it also kills animals that will then eat poisoned mice. "The use of this second-generation rodent control product is extremely worrying," says Bill Bateman, the School of Molecular Sciences and Life. "It's a dangerous slope" and its use in the long term and stay in the environment. By killing natural predators, it could poison humans through the food chain, according to him.
"We will really attract us in trouble, not only by destroying our biodiversity, but also by destroying our defense against any future invasion of mice". For Steve Henry, a use of insecticides, traps and methods until then used could help reduce the number of mice if their population continues to increase after winter. For him the priority is to seek long-term solutions, including the causes of this "huge" scourge.
Georgia congressman calls lawsuit against race-based aid for farmers 'discrimination at its worst' .
A Democratic congressman blasted a lawsuit over the Biden administration's $4 billion race-based federal relief program for farmers."I strongly support and thank [Agriculture] Secretary Vilsack for standing up and fighting for this critical, urgent and much-needed legislation. This shameful lawsuit is racial discrimination at its worst against our nation’s Black farmers and socially disadvantaged farmers – and I do not say this lightly, because white farmers already own 98 percent of all the farmland in the United States and Black farmers own just one percent," Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., said in a statement on Monday.