Malaria, Zika, West Nile, Citrus greening and Pierce’s disease, these are all examples of insect borne diseases to people or plants whose insect hosts are in California. From the recent article, “The unintended consequences of cannabis” (CVN, Vol. 25, No. 33), it’s clear that the local pot cartel used their Mafia-like power to scare away companies that have defended farmers from insect pests for decades. Many local farms have been farmed in harmony with the community by the same families for over 100 years.
When climate change brings even more pests and diseases, will the pot growers choose profits over protecting the public? I fear that we can already smell their answer in the stench of greed that pervades so much of our community.