[NAFEX] Tabasco the new pesticide?
road's end farm
organic101 at linkny.com
Thu Sep 9 13:40:25 EDT 2004
On Thursday, September 9, 2004, at 12:43 PM, Teghtmeyer, Suzanne R wrote:
> From Yahoo news:
> TabascoCrops Too Hot for Bunnies
> Thu Sep 9, 8:41 AM ET
> AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch farmers have devised a hot and spicy way
> to stop rabbits and rodents from munching their lettuce, carrots and
> Spraying fields with the American sauce Tabasco sends the rabbits
> "three feet in the air" with shock and running for cover, said a
> spokesman for a local agriculture cooperative.
> The Dutch animal protection society is happy with the spicy repellent,
> unworried by the possibility of burned bunny mouths.
> "Preventive measures are exactly what we want. It's better than going
> into the fields with a shotgun," said animal welfare spokesman Niels
> The farmers will now try to make Tabasco an officially recognized
> pesticide for subsidized use on a larger scale. At least five small
> supermarket-sized bottles of the spicy sauce are needed for spraying 1
> hectare (2.5 acres) of crops.
> Although rain washes the Tabasco off, the crops are only sprayed in the
> first phases of growth to spare the taste buds of human consumers.
Worth a try, but I wouldn't count on it. It may depend on your
The mice around here like hot peppers just fine. They don't generally
get into the crop in the field, but one year they ate all the Gold
Cayenne and Hot Portugal I had put into the attic to take seed out of
later. Gold Cayenne are pretty fiery.
Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly
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