A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle



… are pretty awful, in my not-so-humble opinion.

That is one of the chemicals Kenton and Manuel have been using this week to spray his olive trees. Manuel mixes this along with copper sulphate and a foliar feed – not recommended procedure. Also mixes them at about 5 times recommended strength – also not recommended procedure.

The guy over the hill from us has also been spraying this week – I could smell it. So we have pretty much been surrounded by spray all week, either indirectly in my case, or directly in Kenton’s case. In fact, the first day they sprayed, the hose broke, and Kenton received a full faceful of spray.

This stuff is awful. It may kill the insects (along with pollinators), but it is also deadly to humans. Even in a low dose it causes “headache, extreme fatigue or mental confusion, almost the feeling of being hungover”. It also causes nausea, muscle fatigue and irritability.

OK, so maybe we are confused and irritable anyway! But all kidding aside, today both of us are wiped out. I have a bad headache and an eye infection. Kenton has the hungover feeling, sore muscles.

This stuff lives in the ground for ages. In Spain, you are supposed to be licensed to use it, but it is sold freely in the agricultural supplies shop, so everyone uses it with complete abandon.

People, wake up! If these chemicals kill the ‘bad’ insects, they also kill the bees and butterflies that pollinate our crops! Is this really a Good Thing?

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

2 thoughts on “Organophosphates

  1. Clearly you don’t have enough to do, so Manuel must assign you tasks. Also I presume he is not Internet savvy, and does not read your blog:)??


    • LOL. No, not internet savvy, and couldn’t read it even if he was!

      There are some tasks we help him with every year, and this is one of them. Also help bring in his orange crop and help him with the grape harvest.

      He was sooo annoyed at Kenton for not spraying our trees! He kept saying “if you don’t spray, all your trees will get sick and you will have to cut them down and you will have no olives”.