a great but scary read about florida's citrus industry.

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    un biased approach so don't see huff post and think it's a liberal piece.

    the crisis facing the industry and it's current fix.

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    good read. thanks for posting. most are totally unaware of the long term economic inmpact of greening
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    Excellent article. Boyd shows that being creative and not giving up can pay off. I keep wondering why they cannot find a way to defeat this disease. Perhaps finding a way to eradicate psyllids is the key.

    Seems like microbiology is a strong field for college students to consider.
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    Thank you for posting this. I had no idea! One problem are the interconnections. Pesticides help this problem but affect the serious drop off in honey bees.

    So many ag plagues now. My neighbor just cut down three large beautiful trees lost to ash borer. I lost a big tree to Dutch elm disease. A friend raises bees for honey and populations are really down. And now citrus greening.
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    Yeah it's the unknown that scares me. Like they said we won't know if this guy is a genius or the guy who temporarily fixed things while actually destroying the citrus industry further down the road.

    Sent from my mind using ESP
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    I think he has every right to try to save his groves unless there is very strong evidence that it harms others. The fact that other groves could already be infected without knowing it gives him more leeway, IMO.

    Some years ago a group of landowners in Wisconsin decided to manage their adjoining lands to create trophy bucks. They were successful, but then chronic wasting disease was discovered on the lands, the first east of the Mississippi. The DNR slaughtered all the deer to stop it from spreading.
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    Genetics may play a part in the solution for greening too.

    http://www.theledger.com/article/20130902/NEWS/130909887?p=7&tc=pg

    I am surrounded (literally) by groves and until 3 years ago, our family had groves since the late 40s. All of the groves look sick. And these are owned by big time growers that are constantly looking for ways to defeat the disease. So far, the disease is winning.
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    Posted earlier this summer in a thread on the subject:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/28/s...range-by-altering-its-dna.html?pagewanted=all
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    I read that one too Row.

    Growers around us spray way more often than in the past for psillid control.

    Dont know whats worse long term; pesticides or genetically altered plants/trees?
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    I don't get the fear of genetically modified plants. Bad things could happen, but so could they from hybridization or importing of non-native varieties. None of these trees are native of course.
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    You'd have to live with my wife to understand!

    Shes bought a mill, organic non gmo grains, grass fed only everything.

    My food bill has tripled. But we are eating 'clean'.
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    UH oh! You married a hippie!

    Just kidding. If I had listened to my wife all along I'd be in much better shape, and that goes for most of the guys I know.
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    This sounds like a mess.

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