Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Monsanto + National Parks = BFF

We visited Yosemite National Park last weekend and I was surprised to see this:


The blackberries were sprayed with RoundUp Pro Max right on the valley floor.  This helpful signed warned, in all caps, DO NOT EAT BERRIES.  I'm sure the park's animals can read that sign and heed the warning as well.

Is nothing sacred?  I understand that maybe, for some reason, the park does not want the berries there.  Perhaps they are worried about them attracting bears to heavily trafficked areas.  We were told that volunteers pick apples off the apple trees planted there for that reason.  But volunteers cannot dig out the blackberries?  Perhaps the blackberries edge out other important plant species.  But seriously, can't we do something more than squirt them with pesticide and hope for the best?

6 comments:

Stephanie G. said...

Say it isn't so!! That's terrible. Maybe a letter to the folks at Yosemite?

dixiebelle said...

Maybe they should fence out the human visitors at that time of year and encourage the natural predators in to feast on the berries!!

Green Bean said...

@Stephanie - Definitely!

@Dixiebell- Well those would be some easy to find volunteers!

Anonymous said...

It might be a nonnative blackberry. Some blackberry species are considered invasive in the West, it might have been one of those. Then they would use herbicide, it is very hard to get rid of invasive plants using natural means.

Betsy (Eco-novice) said...

I saw a similar sign in a county park near my home that we often hike in. Needless to say, very disappointing. I'm sure they are trying to deal with non-native plants, but, guess what? I'd like to take my kids to NATURAL spaces without having to worry about their exposure to neurotoxins.

Green Bean said...

Agreed, Betsy!

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