Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, June 23, 1984, Image 12

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    Al2—Lancaster Farming, Saturday, June 23,1984
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bottles, foam drinking cups,
plastic sandwich bags, aluminum
pie plates, plastic egg cartons, foil
and plastic chip bags, pieces of
wire items and many more, too
numerous to mention, are all right
Most of this roadside litter is
made of substances which are not
“biodegradable,” which means
that they do not rot or rust away
readily they stay where they are
thrown unless they get picked up.
This litter overflows into the
fields along the roads. Even if
picked up in the spring, by
haymaking time the litter spreaders
have been out again.
Some pieces foul up the grass
mower. Some of what gets by the
mower gets picked up with the hay
when it gets put away. It is not
unusual to find a broken beer bottle
or other pieces of litter in the
feeding trough after the animals
have cleaned up everything else.
The animals over the countryside
that have Differed painful ‘herd
ware deaths” by picking up thrown
away pieces of litter are more than
anybody knows.
It is no wonder that hardly any
farmer or anybody who loves the
outdoor countryside can talk about
our littered roadsides without
raising his blood pressure a little.
Do we need stricter and tougher
anti-littering laws? Should a load
of litter be deposited by the front
door of those who are seen lit
tering? Would there be a better
punishment for a litterbug than
making it compulsory for anyone
caught to clean up a stretch of road
by himself? That would get the
litter picked up and would make
anyone think before tossing out
litter again.
Several years ago a custom
spraying operator (I don’t know
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who he was; that does not matter,
had a habit of throwing his empty
spray cans in the field along the
creek where he filled his sprayer.
While picking up the cans one
day T was curious enough to read
the precautions on the label of one
of the spray cans. The user of the
spray material was warned to
dispose of the empty can properly
to make sure, he was to bury the
can several feet deep at a place
where the residue in the can would
not be able to pollute a stream of
I couldn’t help but wonder why
the spray company was so con
cerned about the little bit of spray
material sticking to the inside of
the can and at the same time had
no worry of the pollution that the
rest of the five gallons would do to
the field that it got sprayed on. It
just didn’t add up.
A year or so ago, one of the boys
picked up an old can lying partly in
the creek and collected some earth
worms for the pet ducks that we
had. The two ducks foamed at the
mouth and went into cunvulsions
soon after they started eating the
worms. In less than five minutes
the ducks were both dead, just
from eating the worms that had
been placed in a thrown-away
chemical can of some kind.
Don’t things like that make you
feel that it is time for the public to
awaken up to the dangers which
such like the proposed Narvon
chemical dump could bring to a
community? Wouldn’t it make
sense to use less of some of the
highly toxic materials that were
used in the past? Every year it is
necessary to use more virulent
materials to kill the weeds and
insects that get resistant to what
was used before. Isn’t it about time
to reverse that trend?
Each generation that passes
through here is responsible to the
following generations for taking
care of what God shares with
them. Being careful of what is
being put on the land is surely part
of that stewardship.
There is one thing to be grateful
for. We can be glad that the people
who lived in this country five
hundred years ago didn’t start
then to pollute the land with litter
and chemicals like our generation
is doing.
Our lands along the public roads
would be knee deep in plastic and
litter. Our fields would be too
loaded with poisons to grow
anything. Our countryside would
not be fit to live in.
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1) never subject layers to a
decrease in day length and 2)
unless time clocks are readjusted
on June 21, the layers in non-light
tight houses and could be exposed
to an unintentional decrease in day
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One of these rainy days become
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