Letter: Much ado about doodle do!

Tuesday, April 12 2016

During the time of the first Iraq War, I had two roosters along with 99 hens on my farm.

The giant Australorp, “Schwarzenegger” and the Mexican Bantam “Schwarzkopf” would get into early morning crowing contests - it was, I admit, a bit annoying.

This was about the same time as the “new” wave of genetically modified industrial agriculture along with its main herbicide partner glyphosate (Roundup) was being touted as the answer to all of our ills. In the ensuing decade or so there are many more concerns that this technology is having a major impact on our collective human and environmental health. In 2003, as an experiment, I sprayed a square yard of ground with glyphosate and watched. Anecdotally none of the chickens, or roosters for that matter, foraged in that square yard for over a year.

In addition to this, the alarming devastation caused by neonicotinoids will affect every single one of us as well as future generations. In my humble opinion working on the big picture makes much more sense.

Reading the letters to the editor over the past weeks re: roosters, it becomes apparent that the “me” generation is alive and thriving on this island. Yes, a crowing rooster can be annoying. Yes, if you are a farm or breeding your own chickens, or having a rooster to protect your flock you (may) have a legitimate right. If your rooster is a pet and it is annoying to others, you (may) be doing a disservice to your community.

Supporting local food production, in backyards, farms and market gardens as a counterpoint to the industrial model is a way of re-establishing our relationship to our land and community. This is important for a number of reasons ranging from personal and collective health to economic and environmental well-being. We have a finite community because we live on an island and we can share the opportunity to grasp a collective vision of the future.

We can champion some real issues or we can make much ado about doodle do.

Everyone should use a bit of common sense. Is that really so hard?

~ Eric Veale