38 degrees.

Almost melted yesterday as I hitched back from town. I accepted a lift from Tim, after a busy 4 humid hours working here in the gardens.

Town was a mixed bag, listened to two Upper Wilson Creek land-holders who are angry at the poisoning of the Coral trees along the creek banks. Their concern now is the poisoned leaves falling into the water, water that is in a catchment for town and local domestic use. I hitched back here and was lucky to get a ride with Doug who kindly brought me to my causeway.

It is a huge disappointment that the highlighting of glyphosates wide spread use has not found any traction with any of our local politicians. Its OK having a private view but if that remains with-in your limited circle those opinions remain closed. We need our Mayor, Councillors talking via media releases, about the latest science on the increasing and worrying evidence emerging from around the world.

Winnipeg is a city in the Canadian Prairies with a population of about 600,000. Like many other cities and towns in this region of Canada, the city is surrounded by agriculture. Weekly bulk deposition samples were collected from May to September in 2010 and 2011 and analysed for 43 pesticides used in Prairie agriculture. Fourteen herbicides, five herbicide metabolites, two insecticides, and two fungicides were detected with 98.5 % of the samples containing chemical mixtures. Glyphosate is the most widely used pesticide in Prairie agriculture and accounted for 65 % of the total pesticide deposition over the 2 years. Seasonal glyphosate deposition was more than five times larger in 2011 (182 mm rain) than 2010 (487 mm rain), suggesting increased glyphosate particulate transport in the atmosphere during the drier year. The seasonal deposition of ten other frequently herbicides was significantly positively correlated with the amount of herbicides applied both in and around Winnipeg (r = 0.90, P < 0.001) and with agricultural herbicide use around Winnipeg (r = 0.63, P = 0.05), but not with agricultural herbicide use province wide (P = 0.23). Herbicides 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid), dicamba, and mecoprop had known urban applications and were more consistently detected in samples relative to bromoxynil and 2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid (MCPA) whose frequency of detections decreased throughout August and September. The Canadian Water Quality Guidelines for irrigation water were frequently exceeded for both dicamba (75 %) and MCPA (49 %) concentrations in rain. [Bulk Deposition of Pesticides in a Canadian City: Part 1. Glyphosate and Other Agricultural Pesticides. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, Weedsnetwork.
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  1. Luke

    I agree that it is frustrating. Politically, this issue has hardly been touched here, with no real leadership/courage been shown to speak up against the over-use of chemicals in agriculture and in bush regen. But, to be blunt, how many ‘bush regen’ people do you know that actually practice chem free regen? I know of only a few. About the same number that don’t follow archaic ecological baselines, and who don’t chant provenance as their mantra. Nature is dynamic. Those who treat/manage her as if she were static with outdated methodologies/ideologies, are working with an unfortunate ignorance.

    If the bushland regeneration/land management community are not prepared to change, then why would the political scene change? If enough pressure existed from communities, then perhaps some more change would occur surrounding the issue of chemical use.

    Love the photos of your valley – looks good. Great regen, and insane growth in your garden.

    All the best!

    • Its really all about just keeping on and not letting the lack of real progress, both as far as a healthy ecology goes and our restrictive political leadership, curtailed by trade agreements and out of date ideology, inhibit what we actually observe at ground level.

      All the best to you too Luke.

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