By Paul Homewood

h/t Ian Magness

Anybody would think they don’t grow tomatoes abroad!

From the Telegraph:

Tomatoes are grown virtually everywhere in the world, including countries much warmer than the UK. The idea that a warmer climate will wipe out our tomato plants is ridiculous:

As with all of these invasive bugs and diseases, the problem lies with international traffic, not climate. For instance, this is what Wikipedia has to say about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug:

N America

The brown marmorated stink bug was accidentally introduced into the United States from China or Japan. It is believed to have hitched a ride as a stowaway in packing crates or on various types of machinery. The first documented specimen was collected in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in September 1998.[4][13] Several Muhlenberg College students were reported to have seen these bugs as early as August of that same year.[14][15] Between 2001 and 2010, 54 sightings were reported of these bugs at shipping ports in the United States.[16] However, stink bugs are not listed as reportable, meaning that they do not need to be reported and no action is required to remove the insect. This allowed the insect to enter the United States relatively easily, as they are able to survive long periods of time in hot or cold conditions.

Other reports have the brown marmorated stink bug documented as early as 2000 in New Jersey from a blacklight trap run by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Vegetable Integrated Pest Management program in Milford, New Jersey.[17]

In 2002, in New Jersey, it was found on plant material in Stewartsville, and was collected from blacklight traps in Phillipsburg and Little York. It was quickly documented and established in many counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, DelawareConnecticut, and New York on the eastern coast of the United States.

By 2009, this agricultural pest had reached MarylandWest VirginiaVirginiaTennesseeNorth CarolinaKentuckyOhioIllinois, and Oregon.[18] In 2010 it was found in Indiana,[19] Michigan,[20] Minnesota,[21] and other states.[22]

As of November 2011, it had spread to 34 U.S. states[5] and by 2012 to 40, and showed an increase of 60% in total numbers over 2011.[23]

Their populations have also spread to southern Ontario and Quebec, Canada.[24][25] They have recently been found in southern British Columbia and Southern Alberta.[citation neede


The brown marmorated stink bug was likely first introduced to Europe during the repair work of the Chinese Garden in ZürichSwitzerland in the winter of 1998. The stink bug has been traced back to have travelled with roof tiles that were imported from BeijingChina.[37] The bug has since spread rapidly through Europe. The first sighting in southern Germany was made in Konstanz in 2011.[38] In Italy the first specimens were found in Modena in 2012[39] and afterwards in South Tirol in 2016.[40] The bug has also been sighted in ViennaAustria, with increasing reports after 2016.[41] The Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia announced from 2017 to distribute 3.5 million euros to offset the costs of the lost crops of the fruit farmers until the year 2020.[42] H. halys was first found in Portugal in Pombal in late 2018 or early 2019[43] – a few live specimens were found in agricultural equipment being imported from Italy.[43] However the Portuguese National Authority for Animal Health regards this as a transitory interception.[43] In 2019 there may have been another sighting somewhere in Portugal.[44] Only in 2020 was H. halys confirmed to be reproducing and overwintering in the country.[43] In March 2021, it was confirmed to have arrived in the UK


May 11, 2021