New GRAS Repellent Techology from Israel

September 14, 2011

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The latest issue of 21st Century Israel contains an article about a company called BioPack, which is developing a method of using natural repellents in the packaging of food products. This product is not a pesticide and so is not seen to create resistance over time.
Here is an image demonstrating insect avoidance of this natural chemistry.
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Jains, exterminators and bad karma

December 12, 2010

If you were a serious follower of Jainism, the topic of insecticide would be much more serious than whether you use Bayer or BASF pesticides. Jains would be discussing the murder of insects.

Jains do their very best to avoid bad karma, which requires avoidance of harm to all beings, large and small. According to Jain ethics, hurting living organisms negatively impacts ones own ability to pass to a better state of existence in this world or their next reincarnation. Jain monks are famous for the unusual behavior of sweeping away insects from their path so as not to hurt them. Jain laity may not go to the extremes of their priesthood, but they very much believe that harming nature affects their cosmic relationship to this world and even the future migration of their souls. Whether intentional or not, it produces bad karma that must be avoided. Read the rest of this entry »

Are Fumigants Going Away or Not?

May 21, 2010

A few weeks ago I commented on the removal of Fumitoxin and generally, Aluminum and Magnesium Phosphide, from any residential use. The banning of these products was directly related to the deaths of two innocent children in Utah, at the hands of an apparently untrained pest control applicator. (I am told that the use record for ground fumigants by the California pest controllers is very clean).
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