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Inspection finds of dreaded Khapra beetle increase 20-fold this year

By Rady Ananda

The Khapra beetle, “one of the top 100 most-feared pests in the world,” according to Customs and Border Protection, keeps showing up this year, with over 100 finds in personal belongings and commercial imports.  Normally, ag inspectors find the beetle only 3-6 times a year.  [Image]

Trogoderma granarium is incredibly destructive to several crops and resistant to pesticides and fumigants.  It can destroy the agriculture economy, which is a third of the entire US economy, already weakened by Wall Street crimes.

The latest find was in a personal bag of rice at the Chicago O’Hare Airport arriving from India.

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More problems with glyphosate: Rice growers sound alarm

By Rady Ananda

Adding to the natural rice industry’s woes after Bayer CropScience contaminated a third of the US rice supply with transgenic rice in 2006, the widespread application of Bayer’s glufosinate and Monsanto’s glyphosate is reducing crop yields, and burning and deforming rice plants that survive. [Image: Glyphosate deforms the growing points on rice plants.]

The Mississippi Rice Council (MRC) has sounded a national alarm over damage caused by aerial drift of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, calling for severely restricted aerial application.

MRC president Mike Wagner recently told crop dusters at this year’s Mississippi Agricultural Aviation Association annual meeting that glyphosate is wreaking havoc on the natural rice industry where “non-transgenic rice is planted in a sea of genetically modified crops that are tolerant to glyphosate.”

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