26th August working morning.

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare’s next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 26th of August, from 9 am to 1 pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate, not far from the Surf Club. Please wear boots, long sleeve shirt and long pants, a hat, gloves and bring water, rain coat  and some morning tea. Tools and first aid kit will be provided.

If you come later, we will be doing followup work of Bitou Bush seedlings at the front dunes, with a small group heading to the South boundary to get back to the primary work.  Walk South from the dog beach access track and look west into the dunes for us. You will probably hear us but cooee just in case.

Cheers
Nadia
byronshirechemicalfreelandcare.org
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From True Foods.

The genetically modified (GM) crop industry has a plan. Aided and abetted by the Federal Government, they mean to ensure that state GM crop bans are lifted; GM labelling is removed; GM contamination in organics is allowed; and that new GM techniques such as CRISPR are not regulated.
The Government has announced a review of its National Gene Technology Scheme and needs to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to draft a submission.
Thanks so much for your support!

Louise Sales as part of the GM Free Australia Alliance

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2017/aug/18/bmc-ecology-image-competition-2017-in-pictures

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Spring jumps into summer in one day.

Third carpet snake arrives and takes a drink on the first 30 degree day of the season.

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Carpet snakes return to the wood stove.

Every spring three Carpet snakes return to the disused wood stove to enjoy the late winter sun. 2 have arrived, 5 years now they have found the ideal spot where they will stay until the mating dances begin.

Last burn off before the heat of summer. Ash scattered throughout the gardens.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-13/platypus-census-volunteers-track-near-threatened-species/8800470

Following WC land care announcing the end of the 3 years poisoning with Glyphosate, Coral trees along Wilson Creek and the public road.

Can we find out the facts on the amount of glyphosate used in this $100, 000 project? Wages paid ect?

Thanks for your email regarding the use of Glyphosate.
The Greens are supporters of chemical-free weed control methods. Only this year, new Greens Leader and health spokesperson Richard Di Natale wrote to the Office of Chemical Safety requesting a review of glyphosate use in Australia following research by the International Agency for Research on that claimed that glyphosate was a probable carcinogen. See: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-26/chemical-group-disputes-finding-that-glyphosate-causes-cancer/6349246

A new study finds that Indian farmers in rain-fed areas are being driven to suicide from the increased cost of growing Bt GMO cotton varieties that confer no benefits to them, writes Eva Sirinathsinghji. The extra expenses arise from buying new seeds each year, along with increased chemical inputs, while suffering inadequate access to agronomic information.

Alternative systems such as organic farming have already been shown to produce superior yields. Bt cotton, instead of bringing farmers out of debt, is fuelling the problem and should be replaced by short-season, local and organically grown varieties.
A new study directly links the crisis of suicides among Indian farmers to Bt cotton adoption in rain-fed areas, where most of India’s cotton is grown.

Many fall into a cycle of debt from the purchase of expensive, commercialised GM seeds and chemical inputs that then fail to yield enough to sustain farmers’ livelihoods.

Local disappointed expressing with a sign at Wilson Creek turnoff.

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Sempra.

Notice of herbicide use at the Cavendah Sportsfields.

BYRON SHIRE COUNCIL has notified HALOSULPHURON-METHYL  (SEMPRA) to be sprayed on sports fields to control sedges.

Signs will notify the public.

We need all to be asking why the Steam weeding machine council purchased is not in use. Although the above herbicide is listed as low toxicity to humans it is a water contaminant.

http://www.pesticideinfo.org/Detail_Chemical.jsp?Rec_Id=PC32841

I grew up in a region most roadsides were edged with sedges, common sense.

Dicamba, another new favourite and used by our Council is already proving another  serious ecological negative in the USA.

Farmers in Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri are reporting extensive crop damage from dicamba, the herbicide being used on Monsanto’s latest GE soy and cotton.

Particularly prone to drift into neighboring fields, dicamba is toxic to broadleaf plants like fruit, nuts, vegetables — and non-GE soy.

Even USDA scientists warned that pesticide drift would be a problem with these seeds. It’s time for the agency to reverse its decision and pull Monsanto’s “Xtend” seeds off the market.

From Pan.

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Adani fined.

 

ADANI FINED
Adani Group fined for breaching conditions of special emissions license at Abbot Point, releasing polluted water into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

 

Together, we did it Donald!

Today it has been revealed that Adani Group has been fined for breaching their pollution permit at the Port of Abbot Point in March 2017, by releasing highly polluted water from their coal port into our Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area during Cyclone Debbie.

Thanks to you, we put pressure on the government to investigate the breach. Adani Group polluted the environment, and thanks to you we have held them accountable.

Tree fern at the causeway. The light was unusual.

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Monsanto.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/09/monsanto-continued-selling-pcbs-for-years-despite-knowing-health-risks-archives-reveal

Monsanto was the biggest manufacturer of PCBs and mass produced them between 1935 and 1977 for use as coolants and lubricators in electrical equipment.

Monsanto continued to produce and sell toxic industrial chemicals known as PCBs for eight years after learning that they posed hazards to public health and the environment, according to legal analysis of documents put online in a vast searchable archive.

More than 20,000 internal memos, minuted meetings, letters and other documents have been published in the new archive, many for the first time.

Most were obtained from legal discovery and access to documents requests digitised by the Poison Papers Project, which was launched by the Bioscience Resource Project and the Center for Media and Democracy. Chiron Return contributed some documents to the library.

Bill Sherman, the assistant attorney general for the US state of Washington – which is suing Monsanto for PCB clean-up costs potentially worth billions of dollars – said the archive contained damning evidence the state had previously been unaware of.

He told the Guardian: “If authentic, these records confirm that Monsanto knew that their PCBs were harmful and pervasive in the environment, and kept selling them in spite of that fact. They knew the dangers, but hid them from the public in order to profit.”

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IT has also been reported the major news outlets allowed Monsanto to edit or revise newspaper articles about the safety of products like Round-up and other herbicides.

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Busy days.

Making the most of the winter sunny days. Another ute load of bamboo stakes left to construct a screen fence.  Clearing and stacking dry branches for another bon fire before the restrictions apply.

 

 

Lilly pilly in full new leaf.

And what can anyone say about the government’s cowardice in front of the rabid right wing in its party.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2017/aug/09/penny-wongs-emotional-speech-same-sex-marriage-plebiscite-exposing-our-children-to-hatred-video

I think a boycott of the postal vote will give the no vote a plus. Like many of the LGBTQI community it feels like disrespect and anger that we are once again being used so cynically.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-10/politics-live-blog-august-10/8792072

Marriage equality can and should be a unifying moment for our country. But rather than doing their jobs and voting in Parliament, this Government has decided to delay, distract and divide Australia. They have decided to waste $122 million of taxpayers’ money on an unnecessary and unacceptable postal opinion poll.

We have to do everything we can to stop them: Chip in to fund our legal challenge and tell your friends to join the fight.

A vote in Parliament is easy. All we need is for our politicians to do their jobs, for which they are paid handsomely. Instead, this Government has decided to waste an obscene amount of money on a farcical ‘postal plebiscite’, all to avoid dealing with some internal party conflict.

They are behaving as if they are a law unto themselves — hijacking our proud, strong system of representative democracy all because a few of their elected members don’t like LGBTI people.

https://theconversation.com/using-the-abs-to-conduct-a-same-sex-marriage-poll-is-legally-shaky-and-lacks-legitimacy-82245

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