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insecticide?

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_be.com)
Date: Mon Sep 21 1998 - 10:45:19 PDT

I have a moral dilemma for which I would like advice.
I recently noticed small, 1" worms on one of my tulasi plants.
The worms were eating many of the leaves of the tulasi plant,
and in consequence, the plant was not up to its usual
glory.  I became concerned about the long-term state of the
plant, so I bought some organic insecticide and sprayed
the tulasi.

Should I have done this? Would it be more correct for me
to have let the worms have the great benefit of eating
tulasi daily as their only food? Should I not have killed 
these insects just to preserve part of the tulasi plant?
Is it now wrong to offer tulasi leaves which now exist
purely because of my killing?

Mani