Government Announces Plans To Spray Seattle... With What?
In an attempt to kill Asian and European gypsy moths, the Washington State Department of Agriculture has approved a pesticide-bacteria spraying program to be used OVER the city of Seattle. Scary.
Residents oppose the program and rightly so; many remember the US government testing harmful bacteria on civilians (the 1966 Navy Operation Sea Spray). The citizens of Seattle would be wise to test the state, ask questions, demand answers, and maybe even run independent third party tests on the chemicals (a bacteria with pesticide properties called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), the same bacteria gene commonly used in GM crops to kill insects).
According to KOMO News, the moths are invasive and have ferocious appetites for maple, oak, and foliage from trees and plants. The Department of Agriculture is worried about the amount of damage the moths could cause and the economic and environmental implications that would ensue.
An area in Vancouver was sprayed last Saturday and then will move in to Kent, Lacey, Gig Harbor, Nisqually and end at Seattle’s Capitol Hill. The Department of Ag will use a red and white fixed wing plane to drop the pesticide.
Just remember, it’s never to late to make your voice heard. Good luck Seattle!