Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Religion And Pesticides

By Fadi Didi

Religious beliefs of some Oregon farmers are being used as a reason they don't want to use pesticides.


The Religious beliefs of some farmers are being used as a reason that they don't want to use pesticides. It's part of a dispute over noxious weeds on an organic farm in Oregon.

The owners of Azure Farms will be forced to spray to control the weeds if they don't have an alternate plan by next week.

The farm is operated by a major supplier of organic products and would lose its organic certification if herbicides are applied.

The company also cites a bible passage saying the land should not be defiled.


The Farmer's Union office in Longuiel, Quebec, needed some serious cleaning this week.

According to police about 12-thousand litres of liquid manure was sprayed in the parking lot of the union's office.

A 66-year-old man faces charges of mischief over five thousand dollars.

It appears that the suspect is a struggling dairy farmer facing financial difficulties.

No complaint was filed against him.


Bruce Cran of the Consumers Association of Canada calls the federal government  incompetent, because they have not told Canadians that irradiation is safe.

He says this could lead to a deadly outbreak.

Earlier in the year, the feds approved the sale of ground beef irradiated to reduce the risk of illnesses caused by E. coli and salmonella.

President of the Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council, Robin Horel says farmers are infavour but the public might not be.


New York cabbage patch researchers will release the first American insects genetically engineered to die before they can reproduce.

The idea is to control invasive diamondback moths without pesticides.

The moths are devastating to cabbage, broccoli and other cruciferous crops and, what's worse, they seem immune to all chemicals that have been tried on them.

Cornell University's Anthony Shelton says the cost of management tops  five billion dollars a year.

He says it would be a huge benefit to non-target species if it can be managed without using insecticides.

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