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Sep032012

Nerve Agents, Pesticides, and Herbicides

“Weapon-ized” Nerve agents used for terrorist and military attacks, incorrectly deemed WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) should more correctly be termed WMC (Weapons of Mass Casualty) because, they do not destroy anything. Instead, they are designed to kill everyone so the other side can get all your stuff. Common to human nature, no concerns for life just get all your stuff. The concept is to rid an area of humans so the other side can move in and take over, with all your stuff as a benefit. Nerve agents “weapon-ized”, are mirrors to insecticides for people.  

Nerve Agents are valuable “weapon-ized” agents for the Terrorists equipment cache. They are manufactured by various military agents and countries as a battlefield tool. In an agricultural setting the same is said about pesticides. The result is equivalent, get rid of the human/pest, and keep the area/garden. The two affect the nervous systems and reveal a gruesome end to the affected life form.

In both cases, localized exposure and an acute response are the end result when an intentional release or accident occurs. In a battlefield arena, the enemy is killed without physically destroying the structures or infrastructure. In the garden, the pests are eliminated without harming the flora. The aftermath of contamination would have to be decontaminated before re-habitation by the conquering force just as, in the garden bed. This would prevent possible cross contamination and negative medical affects to the victors battle troops.

In the garden, the same should be considered when using pesticides for the post eradication of pests. While decontamination is not built into the garden application, it is considered for health and the environment. Usually strict attention should be paid to the “Amount” of pesticide used. This is the decontamination procedure for the health safety of those visiting the garden. Children and pets that spend most of their time near or at ground level, have undeveloped organ structures which cannot effectively metabolize these toxins. Also, since they play and crawl on the ground they are exposed to greater concentrations for longer periods of time. Pets and children are big on placing almost everything found into their mouths. This also increases exposure to the neuro-toxins designed for pest eradication. In rural environments where well water is the norm, drinking water contamination can affect children at higher exposure rates simply because they normally drink more water than adults. Insecticides can block nutrient absorption in children affecting growth development. Young excretory systems may not be able to eliminate these toxins from their systems contributing negatively to the entire biological entity, namely a family member!

By limiting the total application amount applied and recommended by the manufacturer, you are practicing environmental decontamination to the nearby and distant properties. Nearby, you are reducing contaminant affect on individuals while reducing storm water “run-off” in your local system. Distantly, you are eliminating “run-off” of chemical toxins that migrate to local lakes or the ocean. Eventually, this material could directly or indirectly deposit in farming lands designated for the food chain. This means you may end up re-consuming the overage of insecticide you apply to the site.

Directly, you can carry the overage on your clothes or shoes right back into the house to re-contaminate the entire family. The need for care when applying these insecticides can be diminished by substitution of natural pest removers.

Many garden pests have seasonal natural predators that you can employ instead of toxic chemicals. Aphids that harm rose bushes and subsequently diminish summer blossoms can be eradicated by praying mantis insects. These are purchased every spring at farmers markets across the country. Simply place the container in a warm location; we use the refrigerator top, until the cocoon opens in late spring with baby praying mantis. Then spread them near and on your roses, they will do the rest. As an added benefit, when they grow to maturity they do a fine job of reducing the mosquito population in your backyard. Some get so large before the fall, that they make fine teaching examples to demonstrate the beauty of the insect predator world to your children. One insect thus protects your roses, rids the yard of mosquitoes, and educates your children!

There are as many examples of this natural predation process as there are needs to reduce vegetative environmental hazards. All that is required is research and the desire to protect the environment. While sun, time, and water will naturally breakdown and destroy “weapon-ized” nerve agents, only time will tell if we are as intelligent about saving life as we are about saving the garden.

                        Haz Mat Mike

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