I was disappointed to read the post and email from the VBA board directing members to comment against the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service proposal to permitting the release of Aphalara itadori to control Japanese Knotweed. It only discussed the benefit to bees and "native pollinators" without once mentioning the harm japanese knotweed does to the rest of the ecosystem, such as the damage knotweed does to the riparian boundaries around our waterways, damage that encourages erosion and the further degradation of our rivers and lakes.
Frankly, this is the kind of single minded desire to preserve one asset nevermind the costs other people must bear for it that I would expect to see from the coal industry rather than an organization who often trumpets its desire to protect the environment. Should we expect the VBA to next be advocating for the continued spread of poison parnsip as a potential new pollen source? The missive talks about the dangers of the growing agricultural monoculture of corn, yet seems fine with our wild places becoming increasingly dominated with invasive species. A entire glade taken over japanese knotweed is also a monoculture that should be avoided.
As it is, japanese knotweed, unlike any other organism that is in balance with its ecosystem, has no other organism that acts to control it. Aphalara itadori if introduced here is very unlikely to eradicate japanese knotweed, that genie is out of the bottle for good and evil, but it might help bring it into balance with our environment.