This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We have from Mons. Andre, Secretary of the Central Horticultural Society of France, 49 Rue Blanche, Paris, a circular letter in relation to the ridiculous action of the Berne Convention, by which horticultural products of every description are prohibited from being imported into many countries of the old world, through fear of introducing the Phylloxera. Of course this interferes terribly with the export trade of French nurserymen, and they have much interest in showing that there is no chance of introducing Phylloxera, except directly through grape plants, and nothing else. This is the object of the circular. The insect, it says, cannot subsist on any other vegetation than the vine, and therefore cannot be introduced but by the carriage of vines. We do not know that the two propositions necessarily follow each other. In nurseries where vines are grown, other plants than vines may be exported with some chance galls of the Phylloxera on grape fibres in the soil. Yet it seems to be absurd to cripple all other industries because one may suffer. In our country we study rather how to conquer insect pests than to shiver at their approach. Indeed the very difficulties which insects bring make a richer reward to the energetic man who successfully labors to overcome them.
Those Berne " High Joints " have made a mistake by their interdiction.