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Farmers use Black Widow spiders to eat pests on grapes, customers at supermarket buy grapes with spiders innit

 
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Farmers use Black Widow spiders to eat pests on grapes, customers at supermarket buy grapes with spiders innit
Farmers use Black Widow spiders to eat pests on grapes, customers at supermarket buy grapes with spiders innit.

Which Braniac came up with the idea of using deadly Black Widow spiders???? Didn't they think about this???

"by Jamie Pyatt

Tesco yesterday admitted using deadly Black Widow spiders to kill off insects in its bunches of grapes. The shock revelation comes after three women found Black Widows — two of them ALIVE — in fruit they bought at different Tesco stores. The spiders, which have red markings on their backs, were introduced to Tesco vineyards in California as an alternative to pesticide, following customer demand for "natural" food.

But the grapes are supposed to be hand-checked before being exported. Tesco spokesman Greg Sage said last night: “We use natural predators on grapes because they prevent insects from puncturing the grapes. The spiders are very effective. All I can do is apologise for any distress this may have caused. We’ve spoken to our suppliers to ensure that the checking process is as good as it can be. The fact that the spiders are alive is evidence that we’re not using pesticides — because if we were they’d be dead.”

A Foods Standard Agency spokesman said: “The local authority has powers to take action.” London-based spider expert Paul Hillyard said: “Black Widows can cause considerable damage with a bite which is potentially lethal.”"

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09/23/2010 04:03 AM
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Re: Farmers use Black Widow spiders to eat pests on grapes, customers at supermarket buy grapes with spiders innit
I know, thats nuts! They are actually breeding the black widows instead of trying to get rid of those deadly spiders. And they do it for money. They need to find another way. Not a chemical way, just another way. The guy who does, and does it naturally, will make a fortune.
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09/23/2010 04:09 AM
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Re: Farmers use Black Widow spiders to eat pests on grapes, customers at supermarket buy grapes with spiders innit
hey! stop whinging..at least you know there's been no chemical used on those real food grapes and all you have to do is brush the spiders off, or if you are a big fraidy cat , wash the grapes !
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Re: Farmers use Black Widow spiders to eat pests on grapes, customers at supermarket buy grapes with spiders innit
hey! stop whinging..at least you know there's been no chemical used on those real food grapes and all you have to do is brush the spiders off, or if you are a big fraidy cat , wash the grapes !
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1107110

Bro, old people cant see too well, and you know they love grapes. Makes me wonder how many old people have eaten black widows now, yak
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09/23/2010 04:16 AM
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Re: Farmers use Black Widow spiders to eat pests on grapes, customers at supermarket buy grapes with spiders innit
Bro, old people cant see too well, and you know they love grapes. Makes me wonder how many old people have eaten black widows now, yak
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1107373


The page in the first post also says this:

The average human eats 8 spiders in his/her lifetime while sleeping.


Why do they use Black Widows? Why not use non-deadly spiders?
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09/23/2010 04:17 AM
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Re: Farmers use Black Widow spiders to eat pests on grapes, customers at supermarket buy grapes with spiders innit
The average human eats 8 spiders in his/her lifetime while sleeping.

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That's fucking bullshit, and no one ever dies from widow bites no more they have anti venom and a toxin test that takes about 7 minutes.
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Re: Farmers use Black Widow spiders to eat pests on grapes, customers at supermarket buy grapes with spiders innit
What's better: black widow grapes or GMO grapes? Tough call.

Last Edited by UseLessRepEATER on 09/23/2010 04:19 AM
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no one ever dies from widow bites no more they have anti venom and a toxin test that takes about 7 minutes.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1103929


Eat some grapes, get a trip to hospital. Don't worry! You won't die!

Why not use non-deadly spiders?
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09/23/2010 04:21 AM
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I had one of these fuckers in bed with me the other night.

[link to upload.wikimedia.org]
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That report is dated 2002!!
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I had one of these fuckers in bed with me the other night.

[link to upload.wikimedia.org]
 Quoting: DrWalterBishop

If you lived to tell about it, it wasn't a black widow.
Real Eyes, Realize, Real Lies
~U.R.~

Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
~H. L. Mencken~

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
~Plato~

When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations,
the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.
~Dresden James~
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Re: Farmers use Black Widow spiders to eat pests on grapes, customers at supermarket buy grapes with spiders innit
the thing is if you dont feel threatened...
hard to explain , have you seen all the animal whisper'ers out there , in particular the shark one comes to mind, did anyone think that someone would discover that if you tickled a shark on the chin it would go into a "tonic....." I cant remember the second word, but it is from a lady in Ameritard, and sharks will actually push each other outa the way to nestle into the crotch of this lady ,so they can have a turn at being tickled , it is the most amazing thing I have ever laid my eyes on ( apart from the ufo I saw last year)

Long storey short, ....if only we didnt have to feel afraid

I like spiders
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Re: Farmers use Black Widow spiders to eat pests on grapes, customers at supermarket buy grapes with spiders innit
I had one of these fuckers in bed with me the other night.

[link to upload.wikimedia.org]
 Quoting: DrWalterBishop


What do you expect to happen if you put leaves in your bed?
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09/23/2010 04:25 AM
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That report is dated 2002!!
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*** BREAKING NEWS!!!!11
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09/23/2010 04:27 AM
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Re: Farmers use Black Widow spiders to eat pests on grapes, customers at supermarket buy grapes with spiders innit
I had one of these fuckers in bed with me the other night.

[link to upload.wikimedia.org]

If you lived to tell about it, it wasn't a black widow.
 Quoting: Useful RepEATER


Never said it was, we dont have them in europe, it was a common house spider, although the venom is not an issue for people at least not in this species, although its cousin is the funnel web genus, i think the closest the yanks have is the hobo spider, the species that was in my bed can grow to about 4 inches and can run at almost 3 meters a sec.

Was chasing the fucker around for 20 minutes trying to catch it, caught it in a jar and threw it out the window.

Last Edited by Atheist on 09/23/2010 04:29 AM
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Re: Farmers use Black Widow spiders to eat pests on grapes, customers at supermarket buy grapes with spiders innit
I had one of these fuckers in bed with me the other night.

[link to upload.wikimedia.org]

What do you expect to happen if you put leaves in your bed?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1107390


Haha.

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Re: Farmers use Black Widow spiders to eat pests on grapes, customers at supermarket buy grapes with spiders innit
Never said it was, we dont have them in europe, it was a common house spider, although the venom is not an issue for people at least not in this species, although its cousin is the funnel web genus, i think the closest the yanks have is the hobo spider, the species that was in my bed can grow to about 4 inches and can run at almost 3 meters a sec.

Was chasing the fucker around for 20 minutes trying to catch it, caught it in a jar and threw it out the window.
 Quoting: DrWalterBishop


The people bought black widows mixed with grapes at Tescos in Dorset, Southport, and Ferndown!!! Is that in Europe?

Good work on the spider!
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Re: Farmers use Black Widow spiders to eat pests on grapes, customers at supermarket buy grapes with spiders innit
The people bought black widows mixed with grapes at Tescos in Dorset, Southport, and Ferndown!!! Is that in Europe?

Good work on the spider!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1107402


Yeah thats in the UK, we dont have them naturally here.. infact we have no poisonous spiders over here at all at least non that are capable of biting a human, we have one poisonous snake that can kill though... pretty rare mind dont think anybody has died in decades, although i have seen them in the wild.

I try not to kill things if i can help it.

Last Edited by Atheist on 09/23/2010 05:19 AM
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Re: Farmers use Black Widow spiders to eat pests on grapes, customers at supermarket buy grapes with spiders innit
I had one of these fuckers in bed with me the other night.

[link to upload.wikimedia.org]

If you lived to tell about it, it wasn't a black widow.


Never said it was, we dont have them in europe, it was a common house spider, although the venom is not an issue for people at least not in this species, although its cousin is the funnel web genus, i think the closest the yanks have is the hobo spider, the species that was in my bed can grow to about 4 inches and can run at almost 3 meters a sec.

Was chasing the fucker around for 20 minutes trying to catch it, caught it in a jar and threw it out the window.
 Quoting: DrWalterBishop

This is what I was talking about:

Real Eyes, Realize, Real Lies
~U.R.~

Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
~H. L. Mencken~

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
~Plato~

When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations,
the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.
~Dresden James~
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09/23/2010 05:35 AM
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Re: Farmers use Black Widow spiders to eat pests on grapes, customers at supermarket buy grapes with spiders innit
so,you didn't use to have black widows in England?
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09/23/2010 08:58 AM
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so,you didn't use to have black widows in England?
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they have now!!!
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Re: Farmers use Black Widow spiders to eat pests on grapes, customers at supermarket buy grapes with spiders innit
The average human eats 8 spiders in his/her lifetime while sleeping.

 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1107390

That's fucking bullshit, and no one ever dies from widow bites no more they have anti venom and a toxin test that takes about 7 minutes.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1103929


Oh Australia...

Black Widow/ Redback anti-venom may be used ONCE in a person's lifetime. Only once! The human body will develop a severe allergy to the anti-venom after its first use. Anaphylactic shock will occur if used a second time at any point in a person's life.

Most times a hospital will not give the anti-venom as they don't want to blow your only shot at an absolute "cure". Also, a certain % of the population is already severely allergic to the anti-venom even before administration and will die almost instantly with the injection.

Think injecting peanut butter in a person with severe peanut allergies.
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