Thursday, August 11, 2011

Short of the green

Posted on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 4:00 AM

I read Jacob Wustner’s letter relating to keeping bees, and the overuse of pesticides and herbicides being responsible for the colony hive collapse (see Letters, July 24, 2011). I have raised wildflowers for the past 20 years and became interested in the bees and other insects that came to them. I still have bees—not as many as some years, but enough to make me happy to see them and for them to pollinate my gardens and my raspberry patch. A few years ago I wrote to the new head of the Sierra Club and asked why I had never seen any publicity about the immaculate lawns across America and the numerous golf courses where a weed can’t raise its head—all this achieved by poison herbicides, the main culprit being Roundup. Why wasn’t the Sierra Club concerned? I ended by saying that I was sure my letter wouldn’t spur an immediate investigation into the “weed free” acres of green or for him to give me a reply, because his minions and membership all swung golf clubs and golf associations contributed to the Sierra Club. You are correct in assuming that I never heard from him.

Clare Hafferman


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