Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

January 30, 2012

Bald Eagles and Pesticides

At Kennedy Space Center
Florida has now become a Bald Eagle paradise. 
We see them nearly every single time that we leave the house
and sometimes we don't even have to do that.
Very rarely one will just soar over our house on its way to the nearest water.
So, of course, they are everywhere here in Lake County near the Ocala National Forest.
Duh, their primary food source is fish!
You can spot their terribly messy, huge nests from quite a distance away.
And every year they just keep adding on to it, until it finally collapses under the weight of it all and they simply rebuild.
Seeing them sitting casually on the top of a sign or on a lamp post is, for a person who once upon a time would drive for miles just for the hope of finding one, miraculous.
Watching them soar overhead while driving can make keeping the car on the road a challenge.
The reason for the remarkable comeback from the brink of extinction for the Bald Eagle, was the complete ban of the use of the hideous pesticide, DDT.
We have seen just in this one particular species, the Bald Eagle, the alpha and the omega.
Why don't we get it?
Pesticides are evil and they must be eradicated if we and they are to survive.
Pesticides are everywhere, in everything, they are in our water, in our food, in the air that we breathe and worse for me personally, in our pets foods.
Pesticides have been linked to and are believed to be a primary cause of many types of cancers.
The San Joaquin Valley in California, the land of super farms, has one small town, McFarland, where the incidence of leukemia in children under six, was 80%.
And this was just one example, of so many, of what pesticides can do.
If you, like me, would like to see a world without pesticides, perhaps you could write a letter to the President, your elected politician, a newspaper or whatever, but please, say something, do something.
Remember the slogan for the big chemical company "better living through Chemistry?"
The key word is living!
Don't let the Human race become the next Bald Eagle.

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