Spotted Lanternfly

The Spotted Lanternfly is a relative newcomer to North America.  It is native to Southeast Asia and when there it is an unassuming and stable part of the local ecosystem.  However, in North America, it has the potential for being a significant pest species.  It mostly prefers to host on Tree-of-Heaven which is itself a significant invasive species problem.  However, the Spotted Lanternfly will happily expand to other species.

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The Glyphosate Problem

In recent years, there has been a lot of press about the chemical glyphosate.  Specifically, there have been some high-profile court cases where companies manufacturing and using the chemical have had to pay out large sums of cash to workers who were later diagnosed with lymphoma.  This has resulted in a lot of people questioning the safety of the chemical and even calls to legally ban its use (which has gone through in some places).

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