[Sust-mar] Beetles, forests, and climate change: Exchanging old mistakes for new?
c.majka at ns.sympatico.ca
Wed Apr 25 15:18:39 EDT 2012
Many sectors of Canadian society are still in shock, reeling from the
recent budget cutbacks announced by the federal government. One agency
hard hit is the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Thus far
concern has focused around food safety but the CBC has learned of
another cut to the Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle program.
In this case the CFIA never undertook the research, to establish that
this species was actually a pest. Consequently, there’s no evidence
that biocontrol, containment, eradication, or quarantine measures were
ever warranted. However, climate change, may be a much greater threat
to spruce forests and the federal government policy is undermining our
capacity to investigate this, let alone act upon it.
In the event that this subject is of interest, please feel free to
peruse my recent article:
Beetles, forests, and climate change: Exchanging old mistakes for new?
Published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
All the best,
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