Thursday, May 16, 2013

"UC Berkeley has applied for the grant to destroy the bucolic Strawberry and Claremont Canyon areas, claiming that the trees pose a fire hazard. The school has no plans to replant, and instead will cover 20% of the area in wood chips two feet deep. And it will pour between 700 and 1400 gallons of herbicide to prevent re-sprouting, including the highly toxic herbicide, Roundup."

at this post: FEMA Plans Clear-Cutting 85,000 Berkeley and Oakland Trees

"This destructive plan is rapidly moving forward with little publicity, and FEMA cleverly scheduled its three public meetings for mid and late May while UC Berkeley students were in finals or gone for the summer."

Could Occupy the Farm turn to Occupy the Trees (again)?

Roundup, An Herbicide, Could Be Linked To Parkinson's, Cancer And Other Health Issues, Study Shows

Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant: Our Critics Are Fueled By 'Elitism'

Are you just a bunch of damn elitists? Or, could the use of the potentially cancer producing herbicide just be a novel way to gain more business for UC medical centers? Yeah for the run off- the money would go to 'paying tuition for students- so, it's all good'...is that the approach?

This is the first we hear of the use of round up - prior to this it was fire danger mitigation by just chopping down mostly non native (but lovely scented) eucalyptus...now it looks like it is gearing up to be another PR mess.

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