By Michael J. Crawley, Clive A. Stace
The notice 'aliens' can be utilized in lots of methods, to invoke worry, dislike and fascination. For biologists it truly is used to point organisms which have been brought through humans to new territories. within the British Isles alien crops are universal, conspicuous, pestiferous, appealing, fit for human consumption – and will be either valuable and damaging. during the last fifty years, the examine of alien crops has improved from an eccentric pastime, allowing beginner botanists to extend the entire of untamed crops that they can checklist, to the full-blown sciences of invasion ecology and alien genetics. Alien species not current an not obligatory additional, yet has to be authorised as a vital part of mainstream botanical research. the volume and breadth of information that has been collected on alien vegetation within the British Isles is outstanding. the topic has get to grips either to naturalists and most of the people, as a result of such various themes as harm to the surroundings through jap Knotweed and New Zealand Pigmyweed, the appeal of bees and butterflies to towns by way of such vegetation as Buddleja, the complaints related to Leylandii hedges, the threats to the purity of our local Bluebell by means of the mass planting of its Spanish relative, and the cultivation of recent varieties of Christmas tree. during this vital addition to the hot Naturalist sequence, Stace and Crawley supply a finished assessment of the numerous crops that experience turn into a vital part of the British wild vegetation and a distinct perception into why alien vegetation are so very important.
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I still feel that natural food should he sold more cheaply than any other. Several years ago I was asked to send the honey gathered in the citrus orchard and the eggs laid by the hens on the mountain to a natural food store in Tokyo. When I found out that the merchant was selling them at extravagant prices, I was furious. I knew that a merchant who would take advantage of his customers in that way would also mix my rice with other rice to increase the weight, and that it, too, would reach the consumer at an unfair price.
47 When a decision is made to cope with the symptoms of a problem, it is generally assumed that the corrective measures will solve the problem itself. They seldom do. Engineers cannot seem to get this through their heads. These countermeasures are all based on too narrow a definition of what is wrong. Human measures and countermeasures proceed from limited scientific truth and judgment. A true solution can never come about in this way (By "limited scientific truth and judgment”, Mr. Fukuoka is referring to the world as perceived and constructed by the human intellect.
Looking at the many research testing centre reports you can find the results of using practically every chemical spray on record. However, it is generally not realized that only half of these results are reported. Of course, there is no intention of hiding anything, but when the results are published by the chemical companies, as in advertisements, it is the same as if the conflicting data had been concealed. Results that show lower yields, as in the experiment with the stem borers, are checked off as experimental discrepancies and discarded.