Monsanto( Bayer) faces masses lawsuit action over its weed killer Round-up.

Headlines in our local paper and an editorial on Pesticide use in our Byron Shire. As we see an increase of herbicide use through out the Shire. From large stands of Camphor and Coral to drain and creek edge spraying with Round-up.

Investigative Journalist, Cary Gillam will be a guest speaker at the Byron Writers Festival from August 3 to the 5th.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/22/two-new-peacock-spiders-identified-in-western-australia

Its hard to avoid plastic, even for me living here. I take bags to the health food shop and the market. But invariably plastic creeps in. Luckily very little but I still have to hand carry it out to the recycled bins now placed around Mullumbimby streets. I pick up too from the road sides when I walk out. Mostly the lined crisp bags, coffee takeaway containers, the odd beer can ( I remember first arriving in Australia in the 60s as a teenager and hitching over most of the east coast, being horrified at the amount of broken beer bottles and general rubbish along the sides of the roads.)

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2018/jul/22/double-wrap-it-for-convenience-excessive-plastic-packaging-in-pictures

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Rt sent me his forest song.

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New Zealand.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jul/20/bad-neighbours-australia-and-new-zealand-not-friends-after-deportation-row

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A Court date.

Did you hear? We’re back in court for nature! The Berejiklian government is allowing a deforestation tragedy to unfold across NSW with their land-clearing laws – so we’re taking the government to court for the second time. Join us on Wednesday, July 25th in Ballina or on Thursday, July 26th in Byron for our Towards Zero Deforestation Roadshow to hear what’s at stake for nature and what you can do to stop the devastation.
RSVP for Ballina here! | RSVP for Byron here!

don, under NSW’s new land clearing laws, 99 per cent of identified koala habitat on private land is at risk of being bulldozed. We need to take action together to stop this destruction- I hope you can join us for our Towards Zero Deforestation Roadshow on July 25th in Ballina or July 26th in Byron, and find out what you can do to protect our forests and wildlife.

Join us in Ballina
When: July 25 at 6:00-8:30 pm
Where: Richmond Room, 11 Regatta Avenue, Ballina, NSW 2478
RSVP: Let us know you’re coming, if you haven’t already.
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Join us in Byron
When: July 26 at 7:00-9:00 pm
Where: Marvell Hall, 37 Marvell Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481
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Bayer.

Bayer just announced it’s dropping the name Monsanto. But we won’t be fooled: Bayer continues to peddle dangerous pesticides that are harming our bees, our planet and the health of our children. We need your support to protect bees, farmers, our food…

Certified Organic.

The king parrots have still not found this bunch of cavendish.  4 more bunches have appeared so I will have to bag them to get some ripe fruit.

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Sunday catch up.

Thank-you Dorothea and Russel and Michel for the offers of chickens to replace my losses. Touching. The surviving hens are still quite timid when I let them free range. Sticking close to the cabin. I walk around the perimeters of the gardens twice a day, just in case a feral dog is creeping down the slope on its belly.

The dog attacks have refreshed community anger over roaming dogs. Its a community responsibility to talk to dog owners when their charges roam.

Sunny days, Dave R visited and had a glass of good organic red wine.  Garden in winter mode but no frost yet.

Its time the garden had an ice, 2 years now with no frost.

Rodney Weidland’s photo which he gave me for my birthday.

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Incredible…………just wish it was fake news.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/13/disaster-half-a-million-hectares-of-forest-bulldozed-in-great-barrier-reef-catchment

Sun out, cool nights, garden time. 10 kilos of ginger went to market yesterday. More to harvest.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/14/like-losing-family-time-may-be-running-out-for-new-zealands-most-sacred-tree

And the weeks fantastic photos. Always a treat.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2018/jul/13/the-week-in-wildlife-in-pictures

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