As if this was not enough, wild fires have come early this season: forest have started to burn and a state of emergency has been declared by the Government and by Environmental NGOs to protect the trees of Lebanon. But wheat fields are also burning in the Bekaa, due to a combination of dry winds and high quantity of hay. Unfortunately for the wheat farmers, the state of emergency does not address their fires. In this article, they shout: "We're all for the Environment, but what about our burning wheat fields????"
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Environment without people
The wheat season has been dreadful this year in Lebanon: Lots of rains early on favored vegetative growth. Sudden heat and drought at the time of maturation meant that grain filling was poor. So many farmers have a lot of hay and no grain. Grain filling was also limited by fungal diseases that have accompanied the (too) wet season.