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globalisation, trade and tree disease

Subject: globalisation, trade and tree disease
From: Hare, Gareth
Date: Jul 11 2019 13:40:11
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/20/magazine/dead-forests-and-living-memories.html

The briefest but most complete assessment of the cause of our current round 
of catastrophes extracted from the above. More secure borders anyone?

Globalization is the culprit. While there have always been outbreaks of tree 
disease, about as many have appeared since the 1970s as in all recorded 
history. The accelerating scale and speed of international trade has brought 
numerous pathogens and pests to species with no natural resistance to them: 
If you are a tree, death comes hidden in wood veneer, in packing material, in 
shipping containers, nursery plants, cut flowers and imported saplings.



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