Today’s ragtag daily prompt is Herd. I’m recycling one of my favorite photos/events from last November. This is a herd of goats who are rented out to weed. These photos were taken when they were working for a few days weeding on Davidson Mesa, one of my community open space areas, where I often run or bike.
I enjoy seeing the goats at work, and it seems to me a much healthier way to rid the area of noxious or invasive weeds, without the environmental consequences of herbicides. I imagine that like chickens, who eat weeds and grubs and such in their areas, they also add a little fertilizer during their process. It certainly feels better to be exercising along grazing goats than to encounter someone in a respirator spraying chemicals.
I am dismayed by some of the human herd mentality around the use of pesticides and herbicides, and how easily many of us can be convince that something is safe to use. More data is available about glyphosate “Roundup”, and while not conclusive, it is certainly suggestive of increased cancer risk in those exposed. The EU forbids its use, and while Monsanto, its manufacturer denies all risk, I am suspicious. Use goats and other less toxic methods. Once again, we can do better.