Methyl Bromide till 2015/

Hugh Lovel uai at alltel.net
Fri Jun 16 22:05:09 EDT 2000


Thanks, Ava,

Hugh



>On 06/15/00, "Hugh Lovel <uai at alltel.net>" wrote:
>> ....Methyl Bromide is one of the most dangerous and destructive
>> chemicals in use in agriculture today. Its use should have ceased long
>> before this, and 2005 can hardly come soon enough to staunch the
>> environmental and agricultural degredation this chemical causes. Please
>> listen to someone who has long researched this problem and who has
>> alternatives to offer farmers when they wake up and listen.
>> Hugh M. S. Lovel, Director
>> Union Agricultural Institute
>> Blairsville, Georgia 30512
>>
>
>Dear Hugh:
>
>There may well be an alternative to Methyl Bromide which exists already.
>
>There is an article in the AMS newsletter archive titled 'New Uses for
>Milkweed/Oct 01, 1999' and along with alternative uses for the fiber, there
>was research conducted regarding what the leftover seedmeal could be used
>for, as it can't be used as feed.
>
>Washington State University researchers discovered the seedmeal
>incorporated into the soil may well be an alternative to Methyl Bromide as
>it was found to kill 97% of nematodes and fall armeyworms on tomatoes,
>peppers, and a host of additional produce.
>
>The scientific contact at the New Crops Research Unit in Peoria, IL is
>Roger E. Harry-O'Kuru at harryore at ncaur.usda.gov  They have all the
>existing trials there and would most certainly send it to you over the
>web.
>
>I do know that the New Fiber Corp. in Nebraska is paying farmers to
>cultivate milkweed as a down replacement in comforters (I think that part
>of the corp. is called Ogallala Downs) and they are also using the pulp for
>'paper' products, etc., but the seedmeal to date is not being used, other
>than by the ag. researchers.
>
>Blessings,
>Ava
>
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