ANOTHER SUSPECT BUNCH
The article "Consumers Challenged to Go Green" in Washington Gardener Magazine
praises initiatives by state Green Industry Councils for "fostering
understanding of green industry issues." Problem is, the article
doesn’t clarify who these councils are and it took a bit of reader research to find out that Maryland’s Green Industry Council’s
members are garden centers, turfgrass producers, "interiorscape"
businesses and "any other businesses working with
ornamental/environmental plants" – whatever they are – and one of its
purposes is to "combat business-limiting legislation." Looks like a plain-old business lobby group to me, but what do I know? A little more
research revealed that one of the goals of Virginia’s Green Industry
Council is to "identify green issues to be managed."
And so on
across the map. Yet the
puff piece article concludes thusly: "So, what
does this industry effort mean for you? Specifically, there is a new
trend, an opportunity for you, to gain exposure to ecosavvy
strategies." Or maybe just pro-business strategies because in this case "green" refers to the color of the stuff
they sell, not the popular shorthand term for pro-environment.
INVASIVE SPECIES COUNCILS – WHO KNEW?
Anybody out there know who
sits on the National Invasive Species Council? You may be surprised to
learn its industry representatives are Dow AgroSciences, DuPont, UAP
Timberland, and our old fave, Monsanto. What the f*ck??? Monsanto
even heads up its Control and Management Workgroup. Maybe that explains the wholesale promotion of "Roundup" by the EPA and other government sources. (And it doesn’t stop at the federal level – state invasive species councils are similarly populated. Monsanto’s everywhere.)
On a site
fighting proposed restrictions on the importation of plants and animals
(through the use of a White List of approved species), a "concerned
conservation biologist" has this to say about the Council:
The presence of an herbicide manufacturer representative, industry
representatives and academics with careers promoting "invader" fears is
very troubling in light of the absence of representatives from
associations of botanic gardens, zoological gardens, germplasm banks
and others whose research and conservation work requires that the
movement of species be free of unnecessary roadblocks. There is a
notable absence of skeptical voices on the Committee.
OKAY, ONE MORE
In August of 2005 Horticulture Magazine ran a letter from contributing editor Felder Rushing complaining that Nandina domestica was
added to Florida’s list of invasive plants with scant evidence of its
invasiveness solely to "justify a grant application for cleaning up a
borderline natural area." He goes on to defend Nandina’s behavior in
its 160 years in the state. Rushing came to understand the politics
and potential conflicts of interest involved during his tenure as
president of Florida’s Native Plant Society, so he’s a credible source
WHAT’S MY POINT?
How about "Follow the money"? Or this popular bumper sticker message: "Question Authority." I like that one because it’s a throwback to the ’60s, and I do love my throwbacks.
It’s just a happy "I Love October" shot from my garden – of the aster
‘Purple Mound’ after it’s reverted to species height, then started
changing color. Clearly a plant determined to be itself.]