Quasi-academic propaganda journal PhysOrg put out this little gem:
Beetles slated for release will be paired and marked by notching the elytra—the hard, modified forewings that encase the thin hind wings used in flight.
Sounds time consuming.
The beetle release process involves digging holes, or plugs, at specially selected sites, placing the carcass of a quail and a pair of notched beetles in each cavity and replacing the plugs. This process simulates a natural underground setting for the beetles’ life cycle.
Now that’s touching. Who’s paying for this? Oh, right. TAXPAYERS. The IRS has to seize your property so the Dept of Fish and Wildlife can bury beetles with bird carcasses.
If the FDA would immediately de-approve the use of pesticidal GMOs, and aerial crop dusting with synthetic pesticides, that would go a long way toward preserving insect populations. Instead the government automatically approves whatever Monsanto comes up with, and flies around spraying entire towns with pesticide without public consent, then acts surprised when insects die. This is a pathetic band-aid fix to a problem of corruption and legislative failure.
The beetles died for a reason the first time, and it’s not like beetle farming is going to rid the environment of pesticides, or whatever caused them to die in the first place. If we control the use of dangerous pesticides, then we can ALL benefit, not just some beetles. Save the Humans!
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