The week began with howling wind. Expected the power and phone lines to crash but they didn’t. Fallen branches and leaves meant major drain clearing.
Then me, carrying a bucket of 4 tree seedlings to plant on the edge of a water course, I slipped and landed on my brush hook handle, reactivating a previous rib crack. Uncomfortable but after a couple of days I was relieved when the black bruise appeared.
And on the garden hen house front. After the cull of abandoned rooster at Brunswick Heads, people have been dumping their roosters in the valley. 2 have turned up here with one moving in quite easily with my 8 hens.
Agriculture in the United States has become 48 times more toxic to insects over the last 25 years, largely due to a controversial, widely used class of pesticides that are particularly harmful to bees, according to a new study published on Tuesday.
Neonicotinoid pesticides, also known as neonics, are used on more than 140 different types of crops, from apples to rice. Neonics are most persistent in corn and soybeans as the pesticide is used to coat the seeds of these crops.
Neonics work by attacking the nerve cells of insects, compromising their behavior and often killing them directly. The pesticide was developed in the 1990s as a solution to insects developing immunity to other types of pesticides.