Hi, please join us for a working bee, on Friday the 23rd of March, from 4 pm until dark, at New Brighton chemical free site. We will be there removing Glory lily and Bitou bush seedlings. We are specially looking forward to meet Ocean Shores locals, that would like to help with this project. Please meet us at the first curve, on the left, at North Head Road. Park your car and walk into the beach. The site is towards the south directions and you will see you us on the dunes. This is a short strip of land, between the ocean and the back of the houses. On the 1st of September 2016, the local Green Army assist on the removal of Bitou bush from this site, unfortunately this program is no longer available and we will need help from locals to finish it.
Please wear boots, long sleeve shirt and long pants, a hat, gloves and bring water. Tools and first aid kit will be provided.
BSCFL is a project of Mullum Seed
Mullumbimby Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development Incorporated
Nadia de Souza Pietramale
0478 272 300
This photo from the Independent.
One of Huonbrook Herbicide Free signs stolen from its post.
We would like to extend a cordial welcome to the First Australian Native Bee Conference to be held at the Gold Coast, Queensland on Sunday 1 July 2018. It is a satellite event of the Australian Bee Congress, being held directly after at the same venue. For more information, go to https://australiannativebeeconference.com.au/
We wish to draw your attention to three opportunities:
Call for papers
Please see the attached document for more details “Call for papers, sponsorship opportunity and tradeshow”.
I am also attaching a promotional flyer in Word and jpg format. Please help us spread the word by including this in any electronic or paper publicity you feel is appropriate, such as Newletters, websites, etc.
Chair of the organising committee of the Australian Native Bee Conference
0434 416 053
07 3844 4914
An issue that’s unfair. Turmeric and ginger, labelled organic, has flooded the Australian market from Vietnam and Myanmah in the last year. It wholesales for $6 a kilo. Of course in a country where money rules the fact the organic labelling is not verified in truth, it leaves the hard working and ethical clean certified organic growers here in Australia high and dry. Even selling at $10 a kilo and as certified, it is no longer worth it other than to pay wages to workers to scrub the tubers clean. Planting, growing, digging is all for free.
With the continuing rain there is an explosion of fungi’s. I think this one is Amanita ananiceps.
Below is a fallen fig tree 5 years on.
With the cotton plant disappearing in the valley, due to spraying, the monarch butterfly is loosing its food source. New comers into the valley are spraying herbicides to do their mowing. Another phone call informed me that lantana is to be sprayed to a creeks edge from which 5 domestic dwellings source their water. ( I would like to see compulsory water collection from all roof spaces).
A phone call to Byron Shire Council informed the caller that Council has a herbicide free policy ???? Has anyone told land-care ( scare) and their hapless workers?
Live Updates from Cancer Victims V. Monsanto Hearing
U.S. Right to Know Research Director Carey Gillam is reporting from U.S. Federal Court in San Francisco where Judge Vince Chhabria is hearing expert testimony about the science regarding the safety of glyphosate and Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer. Live updates will begin on Monday, March 5 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time.
One of those weeks. Every time I go outside I am soon forced back due to rain. Pineapples dehydrated and bottles and jars of tamarillo, chilli and pineapple chutneys made.
The creeks are all running fast, yappies enjoying their freedom. Water falls cascade down.
A new addition to my music playlist. Sent to me for International Women’s Day…….from Morocco.
From the USA.
National poll results released this week confirm that farmers across the country believe the merger of Bayer and Monsanto will be bad for farming and farm communities. As the Department of Justice considers its final decision regarding the merger, the poll demonstrates serious concern from farmers and some details about why many believe more consolidation will be harmful.
The weed crisis and accompanying dicamba drift epidemic of last year’s growing season were identified by many farmers as a major concern, and a problem that Monsanto cannot solve and a merger could further amplify.
Farmers say NO to merger
Nearly 1,000 farmers in 48 states, representing all sectors of farming, were asked about the pending merger, and more than 93% expressed concern, with top worries being increased pressure to practice chemical-dependent farming and reduced choice for purchasing seeds and other inputs.
Roger Johnson, President of the National Farmers Union, has this perspective on the pending merger:
Family farmers deserve fair prices, choices in what they plant, and the type of market competition that incentivizes firms to compete and innovate. A Bayer-Monsanto merger stands to move each of these factors in the wrong direction.”
Monsanto & dicamba drift
Last season’s dicamba drift crisis, with more than 3.5 million soy acres damaged by Monsanto’s latest seed/herbicide combo, no doubt elevates these concerns for farmers across the country.
Grain farmers are in a tough spot, thanks to so many years of the corporation’s RoundUp Ready crops spawning the current epidemic of herbicide-resistent weeds. Monsanto’s “solution” to this problem, of course, was Xtend — the dicamba cropping system that is causing so much collateral damage.
Prominent weed scientists predict that already-existing dicamba-resistant weeds will spread quickly, and that Xtend will not solve the weed problem RoundUp has created. It will, however, produce massive short-term profits for Monsanto through herbicide sales.
Widespread impacts & concerns
The survey results also reveal that:
More than 70% of farmers report heavier herbicide use due to resistant weeds;
Over 90% of organic farmers are concerned that pesticide drift will impact their ability to continue organic farming;
Over 11% of field-crop farmers had a recent dicamba drift incident; and
Over 10% of conventional farmers are considering buying Xtend seeds only to prevent dicamba drift damage to their own crops.
You can stand with farmers against the Bayer-Monsanto merger.