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Re: lack of insect singing in upper midwest of US

Subject: Re: lack of insect singing in upper midwest of US
From: "Sabyasachi Patra" indiawilds
Date: Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:50 pm ((PDT))
The Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, Government of India had
conducted some trials of Neem based pesticides in these tea estates. (Neem
is a tree in India and its leaves, flowers are used in many ayurvedic
medications). The trials gave excellent results. Not only the neem based
pesticides yielded excellent results, they also helped in regeneration
where ever it fell on the soil ie. it also acted as fertiliser.
Unfortunately, the ministry hasn't taken any concrete move to make its use
widespread. The pesticide and fertiliser lobby is very strong and the
Government regularly doles out tons of money as subsidies. So I understand
that report has been quietly buried by the ministry.

I am told some of the tea estates, especially the high end ones, are trying
to move to organic farming.

Even though some MNCs sell pesticides or fertilisers thinking those stuff
are going to be used in some other country and hence won't effect them, the
global nature of trade ensures that all of us get impacted in the same
manner. There are also Indian companies who export such synthetic
pesticides and fertilisers. Earth is like a big cup of tea. When we poison
the other end, it reaches our end as well.

On Sun, Jul 20, 2014 at 5:43 AM, vickipowys 
[naturerecordists] <> wrote:

> That is really sad Sabyasachi, and a bit worrying too since most of us
> drink tea.
> Vicki
> On 19/07/2014, at 3:24 PM, Sabyasachi Patra 
> [naturerecordists] wrote:
> I have noticed such "silence" in the tea estates in Western Ghats of
> India, where pesticide sprays are rampant. One can hardly find any insect=
> frogs etc surviving these synthetic pesticide sprays. There was a time wh=
> I could drink water from the streams while wandering in the forests. Toda=
> the waters of the streams are poisoned by pesticide sprays and synthetic
> fertilisers leaching into it. We are poisoning ourselves. :(
> On Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 11:03 PM, Rob Danielson 
> [naturerecordists] <> wrote:
>> Hi-
>> Have others in the upper midwest US noticed almost no insect singing thi=
>> summer?
>> We had a very cold winter, a very slow fade-in spring and as yet no
>> stretches of really warm days/nights.
>> Could populations just be really low? I've seen only a few small cricket=
>> and small grasshoppers.
>> Its very eerie to have the windows open at night in mid July and hear
>> nothing except a single cricket chirp for 2-4 seconds and maybe again in=
>> minutes,..
>> Thanks
>> Rob D.
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