… 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?