When I first heard of the light brown apple moth, I promised myself I’d never use the LBAM acronym—because who calls a little brown moth “LBAM?” It’s goofy. But there it is, up there in the headline, in all its space-saving goofiness.
The state has released its report on whether the spraying of Checkmate (synthetic moth pheromones in plastic ‘microcapsules’ for time release) in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties last fall caused illnesses. Chris Metinko’s story about the findings is here. It is no surprise that the state found there was not enough evidence to conclusively link the two events. They even complained about the quality of the data–which they made no effort to collect.
But what I’m looking for, as a person in the area slated to be sprayed in a few short months, is a report that proves they’re not linked, the symptoms and the spray.
Michele Ellson over at The Island has two new posts on the latest on the moth. It appears the response to the moth is the result of complex interactions between government agencies, agriculture lobbies, other nations and economic forces. More than anything it’s looking like it’s the state, more than the LBAM acronym, that’s goofy here.