Yes Saturday, March 28th, is election day, however after voting the best thing is to go and pull some Bitou Bush seedling, it’s called “practical politics”, hands on and less talk. So please fell welcome to join Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare, next working bee, from 8 am to 12 noon, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Head Road fire track gate. If you come later, walk along the fire access road about 50 m and turn East, you should be able to bump into us or hear us. We will be there, doing follow up work of Bitou Bush and Glory Lily heading from the North to the South direction. Please wear boots, long sleeve shirt and long pants, a hat, gloves and bring water, a picnic and beach gear. To share, I will ask the organic farmers tomorrow morning for a food donation basket from the Mullumbimby Farmer Market. More information please call Nadia 0478272300.
Jump-seed follow up at Huonbrook which will give me a chance to see how thorough we have been in our 6 week effort.
And is Wilson Creek land-care finally seeing the error of their poisoning campaign ?
Wilson’s Creek/Huonbrook Lancare have asked for help. They think they are part of the 21st century when they decide to kill trees, not because the trees are a resource, but because they provide no apparent economic image of why
they may be a resource.
More damning evidence. A new study finds glyphosate increases antibiotic resistance.
“The combination of high use of both herbicides and antibiotics in proximity to farm animals and important insects, such as honeybees, might also compromise their therapeutic effects and drive greater use of antibiotics. To address the crisis of antibiotic resistance requires broadening our view of environmental contributors to the evolution of resistance.”
Cooler today which makes gardening easier. Although still humid and warm during the morning, afternoons are cooler. Garden a mass with growth. Its like weed and find as new vigorous vegetable seedlings are waiting to be uncovered.
Pumpkins galore. The leaves are sheltering a tiny moth, beneath the leaves. Unable to catch with the camera. But the one photographed below has been living on the verandah for 2 days. I didn’t have my glasses on so this photo is a fluke, what a delight when I saw the photo. The fluro colours were just visible to me.
Walked out at 5 30. Still very dark, torched fluttered from full beam to dim. I dodged the pot holes. Glow worms high on the road side bank. Chris gave me a lift to the end of the gravel. 6.15, still dark. Walked through our jump-seed weeding zone. Trying to see where we might of missed some. Torch no use.
Town by 7.30, breakfast and people. Sunny and warm. Found a collection of Australian and New Zealand Short stories. Good to have new stories for rainy days.
Mail-run with Jayne. Always a laugh and radio. Left Bank Road with its edges in parts recently sprayed. Fence lines, road signs, drain edges, visible water distinctly murky.
Felt sad about the above site. Only sprayed 6 months ago too.
With WHO and the Lancet sounding the alarms bells over glyphosate and other chemicals in every-day use, why the delay in stopping our use from today on.
Passed beneath a grove of Camphor Laurels which had five black cockatoos, 2 minors, cavorting through the branches. We watched as it was a flying lesson for the young. From branch to branch the adult was followed by its chick. Lorikeets too, feeding on the seed. A very busy canopy, nursery school and food larder.
Further in the day Upper Wilson Creek provided more contrast. A dead coral tree, blackening like it has gangrene after getting an injection of poison. The land-care workers sitting along-side the plastic containers of herbicide. Poisoned Coral trees disintegrating trunks and branches waiting to be washed downstream. Banks benneath need stabilising with lomandra now.
And then, another crossing or two covered in rushing water…… this .
Made an already eventful day very satisfying and a good sleep followed.
Sunday morning, the vegetable garden had at least 12 small birds feasting on caterpillars which were munching on the kale. From yellow breasted robins to blue fairy wrens ect. A kingfisher swooped by and dived into the frog pond. Quite a spectacle and so difficult to photograph but after 30 pictures, the above one was the best of a blurry lot.
A very wet week-end so a good opportunity to recover from a chest infection. Rereading Bruce Chatwin and his fascinating collection of essays titled “What am I doing Here”….. something I sometimes ask myself. Particular informative are his visits to Cameroon ,Ghana in 1977 and although Chatwin states in his introduction, all his stories in this collection are taken from fragments, profiles and travelogues and should be judged by the dates when he wrote them, they are stories. The one exception was his reportage from being on the road with Indira Gandhi, written in 1978.
Nomad Invasions, written in 1972, has a present day parallel with the movement of refugees world wide.
Also relieved to read this weekend of the findings internationally on the health impacts of round-up, made more poignant by Australian story on ABC24 which told of Steve Marsh’s battle when his certified organic farm was contaminated with a neighbour’s GM canola. When Marsh purchased the property it had been contaminated with herbicides and not a bird to be seen. His very sound and responsible reason to transition into being Certified Organic.
Below is a site which I cleared with machetes and brush-hooks in 1998. Now a dense rainforest it is home to a variety of birds. It is a delight to stand quietly beneath the canopy, the freshness of the smell as the delicate warm scent of the cunjevoi momentarily reaches my senses.
Herbicide-free landcare increasing.
Friends of Success Hill Reserve and traditional owners, the Swan River Peoples, are pleased to announce the success of their non chemical weeding activities at the Success Hill Reserve in Bassendean, Western Australia. Jane Bremmer spokesperson for Friends of Success Hill Reserve said, “The Bassendean community, especially our children, will benefit from the work we have done here in removing weeds without resorting to harmful chemicals. The community and sensitive river ecosystems have not been exposed to chemical spray and vapour drift, there are no nasty chemical residues left behind in the environment and there has been no risk to the health and regeneration of native species. This is a win-win situation for all.” Success Hill elder Bella Bropho said, “Our sacred site already looks better for the work we have undertaken. It is reassuring to know that our sacred areas have not been poisoned with chemicals, an issue we are very concerned about because of the importance of the Swan River and freshwater streams that exist here at Success Hill to our people. It is our responsibility to protect these areas for our culture and future generations.”
Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum
herbicide, currently with the highest
production volumes of all herbicides.
It is used in more than 750 diff erent
products for agriculture, forestry,
urban, and home applications. Its
use has increased sharply with the
development of genetically modifi ed
glyphosate-resistant crop varieties.
Glyphosate has been detected in air
during spraying, in water, and in food.
There was limited evidence in humans
for the carcinogenicity of glyphosate.
Case-control studies of occupational
exposure in the USA,14 Canada,6 and
Sweden7 reported increased risks
for non-Hodgkin lymphoma that
persisted after adjustment for other
pesticides. The AHS cohort did not
show a signifi cantly increased risk
of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In male
CD-1 mice, glyphosate induced a
positive trend in the incidence of a
rare tumour, renal tubule carcinoma. A
second study reported a positive trend
for haemangiosarcoma in male mice.15
Glyphosate increased pancreatic
islet-cell adenoma in male rats in two
studies. A glyphosate formulation
promoted skin tumours in an
initiation-promotion study in mice.
Glyphosate has been detected in
the blood and urine of agricultural
workers, indicating absorption.
Soil microbes degrade glyphosate
to aminomethylphosphoric acid
(AMPA). Blood AMPA detection
after poisonings suggests intestinal
micro bial metabolism in humans.
Glyphosate and glyphosate formulations
induced DNA and chromosomal
damage in mammals, and in human
and animal cells in vitro. One study
reported increases in blood markers of
chromosomal damage (micronuclei) in
residents of several communities after
spraying of glyphosate formulations.16
Bacterial mutagenesis tests were
negative. Glyphosate, glyphosate
formulations, and AMPA induced
oxidative stress in rodents and in
vitro. The Working Group classifi ed
glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic
to humans” (Group 2A).
We declare no competing interests.
Kathryn Z Guyton, Dana Loomis,
Yann Grosse, Fatiha El Ghissassi,
Lamia Benbrahim-Tallaa, Neela Guha,
Chiara Scoccianti, Heidi Mattock,
Kurt Straif, on behalf of the
International Agency for Research on
Cancer Monograph Working Group,
IARC, Lyon, France
International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon,