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The federal government wants to remove a scheme that would ensure that pesticides used in farming are safe according to today’s regulatory and scientific standards.

There are currently dozens of pesticides available for use in Australia that have never been properly tested here, including some that have been removed from use in other countries.

Consumers deserve to have confidence that pesticides don’t pose risks to our health or the environment.

The re-registration scheme isn’t about stopping farmers using safe pesticides. It’s about ensuring these pesticides are safe in the first place.

Sign our petition telling Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce to retain the pesticides re-approval and re-registration scheme!

[The Weed’s Network 16 March 2014 by Zheljana Peric] — Herbicide pollution has become “safe” even though dangerous. When we use conventional weeding techniques that rely on herbicides, we are agreeing to both the risks and the background assumptions that underlie the normalcy of these risks (Carolan 2008). Rather than reduce the risks associated with herbicide pollution, these days we talk of “food safety” or “compliance within maximum residue limits”. Governments and their regulatory agents have identified the human health and environmental hazards of herbicides, but they currently make very little effort to reduce or eliminate them. The normalisation of herbicide pollution is therefore not based on what would provide us with genuine safety, nor do regulators err on the side of safety when there is any uncertainty over a particular herbicide’s impacts. As Hoffman (2013) notes, by not taking a precautionary approach, the regulators and users of herbicides are “risk takers”. Worse, the risks we are taking with herbicides cannot be contained or limited to the decision-makers and users of herbicides. There are collateral victims to be considered in the so-called “war on weeds”. For example, herbicides are found in the food we eat and the air we breathe. They are in our waterways and are affecting the lives of those beings that live in them. We are all being forced to accept the risks of deliberate acts of herbicide pollution. The risk-taking behaviour associated with herbicides is therefore paradoxical – the more we seek safety through poisoning life, the more dangers we create. Read more ….

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