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Local Farmers To Learn About State Moth Quarantine

Six light brown apple moths have been found near Balboa Park in recent weeks. The moths can devastate plants and produce. Agricultural officials plan to meet with local farmers in Fallbrook Tuesday to talk about containing the pests.

Local growers will learn about state restrictions on transporting plants and produce that are expected to go into effect later this week. The quarantine will stretch one-and-a-half miles from two sites where the moths have been trapped.

A pending federal quarantine that could affect the entire county is more concerning to many farmers and nursery owners.

San Diego County Agricultural Commissioner Bob Atkins said his agency is proposing federal restrictions only be applied within a 15-mile radius of where moths are found.

“There are over 1,700 counties, that is more than half of them, that are actually smaller than that quarantine area that we are proposing,” he said.

Federal restrictions would apply mostly to produce and plants leaving the state. Atkins says about 300 of San Diego’s 5,000 farms and nurseries have regular out-of-state shipments.

It could take until October 1 for federal restrictions to be set.

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StanRoller | August 10, 2010 at 9:14 p.m. ― 4 years ago

There is NO THREAT caused by the LBAM ANYWHERE it is found in the world. The moth has been in the state for decades and has, by CDFA's own admission in their EIR, NOT CAUSED ANY DAMAGE in the state. The moth was misclassified decades ago and the USDA and CDFA refuse to respect modern research and knowledge regarding the real threat of this innocuous insect. In New Zealand, where it has been found for more then 100 years (this is true also for Hawaii, the UK, and everywhere it is native or has been introduced) farmers are required to provide only LBAM-free produce if they intend to export to the US. New Zealand farmers are not subject to quarantines, do not have to have LBAM-free farms, and the government helps these farmers with useful information on control. Our CDFA and USDA are not there to help just prevent farmers from doing their jobs and imposing restrictions. LBAM is easy to control with organic IPM methods.

The ONLY threat of LBAM is the inspections and draconian quarantines imposed on our farmers and the violation of our farms and businesses by the CDFA/USDA. The media and agricultural commissioners have not acted responsibly and need to check the misinformation they promulgate as facts regarding the LBAM and the eradication program.

Resist the quarantines, ask questions, get educated (Northern California resisted after the CDFA sprayed regions of Santa Cruz and Monterey counties with synthetic chemicals never meant for or tested for exposure to humans and without any efficacy tests on how these treatments might work), urge reclassification of LBAM. Refuse to sign compliance agreements until all of your questions are answered. Stand up and fight with legal challenges. LBAM is not a threat, our Ag agencies are the real threat despite the fact their job is to protect us.

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