Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Say it, Don't Spray it

Last month the ISW reported on China's plans to manage populations of the invasive fall webworm moth (Hyphantria cunea) in preparation for a "green" 2008 Olympics. Now the People's Daily Online is reporting that three Chinese provinces (Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei) are teaming up to douse over 2500 square miles (667,000 ha) of land with pesticide. This China View article notes that the pesticide is "special" and targets only the fall webworm moth (maybe this is a Bt insecticide?). The aerial spraying is expected to start in May and continue through September.

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