Godlike Productions - Conspiracy Forum
Users Online Now: 2,199 (Who's On?)Visitors Today: 1,011,006
Pageviews Today: 1,409,431Threads Today: 313Posts Today: 7,571
01:33 PM


Rate this Thread

Absolute BS Crap Reasonable Nice Amazing
 

Spain battles rodent plague

 
yass
Offer Upgrade

User ID: 207716
United States
08/10/2007 03:30 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Spain battles rodent plague
August 9, 2007

It's been a messy summer in Spain: raging forest fires in the Canary Islands, a blanket blackout in Barcelona, giant schools of jellyfish lurking off packed beaches.

Now comes another woe, as icky as a biblical plague: millions of mouse-like rodents called voles feasting on everything from beets to potatoes in an infestation that has prompted a desperate, scorched-earth policy in one of Spain's agricultural heartlands.

Farmers unions say the Castille-Leon region in north-central Spain is crawling with an estimated 7.5 million voles, and the local government is baffled: it doesn't know the cause - or the solution. The invasion began gently 10 months ago but has snowballed to stunning proportions.

Spanish television aired footage of scores of voles darting in and out of holes in what would normally be rich, healthy farmland, or quivering in the throes of death brought on by pesticide. Some have even made it into gardens of homes in the region's main city, Valladolid, according to news reports.

"There has never been a plague like the one we have now," said the Castille-Leon regional agriculture minister, Silvia Clemente. Officials have asked agronomists, veterinarians and biologists what on earth is happening and nobody really knows, she told Cadena Ser radio.

"There are no measures that have been proven to work against a plague of these characteristics," Clemente said.

For now, crews are fighting with fire. They started igniting controlled blazes today on previously harvested farmland to try to kill off the pests, acting with utmost care to keep the flames from spreading to bone dry terrain prone to forest fires.

The extermination bid began in Valladolid, the province hardest hit, and will gradually spread to others in coming days.

Jose Antonio del Brio, head of the local farmers' association in the town of Fresno el Viejo, where the first fires were set, said literally every farm in the area is being eaten by voles. First it was the grain crops - 40 per cent lost to them - and now beets, potatoes and corn are on the menu.

"We cannot do anything against these animals, who are taking food out of our children's mouths," del Brio said.

A vole problem was first detected in Castille-Leon in September of last year. Then, officials used chemicals to try to kill them off, but ecological groups filed a complaint and the campaign was halted. The vole population suddenly exploded.

"Nothing of what is happening with this plague falls within the expected because there are no precedents," Clemente said.
[link to www.smh.com.au]
-Life is about play
cabaretvolterror

User ID: 279365
United States
08/10/2007 03:47 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: Spain battles rodent plague
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 280314
Australia
08/10/2007 04:44 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: Spain battles rodent plague

 Quoting: cabaretvolterror



What a classic. LOL
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 280315
Spain
08/10/2007 04:46 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: Spain battles rodent plague
There are certain rumors of dark forces in very very high places in Spanish society, not political high places but institutions.
Many strange happenings in Spain, the rats just another, rumors rife about dark forces and person,s in high institutions.
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 280315
Spain
08/10/2007 04:48 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: Spain battles rodent plague
Rumors of witchcraft, rumors of dark rites, rumors of biblical connotations, in high institutions, in Spain.
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 280315
Spain
08/10/2007 05:25 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: Spain battles rodent plague
bump
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 280364
Spain
08/10/2007 07:42 AM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: Spain battles rodent plague
wtf?

News








Proud Member Of The Angry Mob