Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man
Here in Louisiana we have lots of mosquitoes and we spray a lot of insecticide in the air during the summer. In fact the spray vehicle came by last night and puts out a large fog. When I was a kid we use to ride our bikes in the fog as we thought it was fun.
Had an article in local paper this week about a collapse of a bee hive and it is believed that the mosquito spraying may have cause the problem. I enjoyed the video and may have to get some stinky cheese to bunch the mosquitoes away from me.
Which begs the question again of is the cure worse than the affliction.
Like you Phone man I live in a rural area and they spray crops and animals for all sorts of parasites and there is no way anyone can convince me that those chemicals do not come through in th food chain.
The area around the small town I live in has one of the highest rates of Parkinson's disease - of a type that I cannot remember seeing during my earlier years of training. Plus there seems to be a high incidence of brain tumours as well.
Now I also have the theory that because out weather patterns in the Eastern seaboard travel in the main from the west that it therefore has the propensity to pick up known carcinogens and harmful chemicals that are sprayed further to our west. Not only that but at a place called Maralinga they used to test atomic devices plus whatever is picked up and carried on the upper atmosphere jet streams from another notorious place called Wittanoom where they mined asbestos for many many years.
So in my mind although I do detest mosquitoes and there plenty around where I live I can assure you - I think there are far more risks from what we do to increase our profits and make "profitable" products than what is caused by those rather irritating insects.
I hate seeing kids suffer and die from anything but I truly think we are pushing the barrow up a very step slope if we think we can eradicate malaria.