Swiss mired in poisonous row over pesticides:
[...] The Swiss will vote on Jun 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.
The initiative, entitled "For a Switzerland free from synthetic pesticides", would also ban the import of foodstuffs produced with synthetic pesticides, so as not to put Swiss farmers at a disadvantage.
(Score: 1) by js290 on Monday June 07 2021, @04:48PM (5 children)
"Name one ecosystem that is better off for having [monocrop] agriculture moved into it?" Toby Hemenway [bit.ly]
Mark Shepard on Restoration Agriculture - Abundance of Ohio River Valley during Jefferson administration [bit.ly]
(Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday June 08 2021, @04:46AM (4 children)
(Score: 1) by js290 on Tuesday June 08 2021, @02:56PM (3 children)
"Every culture that has depended on annual plants for their staple food crops has collapsed." [bit.ly]
(Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday June 08 2021, @04:01PM (2 children)
So has every culture that didn't depend on annual plants. And both have collapsed so multiple times. We'll need to look elsewhere for our measures of social stability.
(Score: 1) by js290 on Wednesday June 09 2021, @02:29AM (1 child)
Cataclysm vs unsustainable, un-ecological model...
Redesigning Civilization Toby Hemenway Clash of cultures HG vs agriculture "There are structural problems with a civilization built on agriculture... Sitting Bull and his people had no use for these laws... There was nothing the US govt or agriculture could offer them. They really were the freest people in the world... so [US govt] exterminated them." [bit.ly]
HG most likely to survive cataclysm @joerogan @Graham__Hancock #RandallCarlson [bit.ly]
(Score: 1) by khallow on Wednesday June 09 2021, @04:37AM