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Pesticides are destroying some of Earth's creatures

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By Sharon Scarlett, Los Alamos resident

“What’s past is prologue,” Shakespeare said. How many times do we have to combat the use of pesticides?
Rachel Carson’s lessons in “Silent Spring” must be revisited today. The chemical industry has become stronger in protecting and increasing its use of pesticides and poisons.
Now, two of the agro giants, Dow and Monsanto, are battling each other’s products to kill super weeds, which were created by the use of pesticides in the first place.
Hummingbirds, as well as other pollinators, are vital to our ecosystem. Bees, butterflies, bats, wasps, beetles, the air and some mammals help pollinate our flowers and plant foods.
Their disappearance from the Earth is monstrous and is due in large part to the use of pesticides.
Because some Los Alamos residents are reporting the absence or dwindling numbers of hummingbirds, it is important to do what we can to reduce pesticide use.
Mary Deinilein, an education specialist at the Smithsonian National Zoo Migratory Bird Center explains how these chemicals affect non-targeted pests.
These are some possible direct effects on survival and/or reproduction:


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