Saturday date for Volunteer Herbicide free work.

Hi this a kind reminder about this Saturday working bee:

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 6th of May, 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. We will be doing follow up work of Bitou Bush seedling on the front dune, please call 0478272300 to find us if you come later.

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. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate, not far from the Surf Club. We will be doing follow up work of Bitou Bush seedling on the front dune, please call 0478272300 to find us if you come later.

Herbicides and Environment

Edited by Andreas Kortekamp, ISBN 978-953-307-476-4, 760 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published January 08, 2011 under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/550
Edited Volume

Herbicides are much more than just weed killers. They may exhibit beneficial or adverse effects on other organisms. Given their toxicological, environmental but also agricultural relevance, herbicides are an interesting field of activity not only for scientists working in the field of agriculture. It seems that the investigation of herbicide-induced effects on weeds, crop plants, ecosystems, microorganisms, and higher organism requires a multidisciplinary approach. Some important aspects regarding the multisided impacts of herbicides on the living world are highlighted in this book. I am sure that the readers will find a lot of helpful information, even if they are only slightly interested in the topic.Herbicides and Environment
Edited by Andreas Kortekamp, ISBN 978-953-307-476-4, 760 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published January 08, 2011 under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license

All too often, Monsanto and the rest of the “Big 6” pesticide corporations distort information to make their products seem safe and necessary — but they’re not.

Myths about pesticides are a testimony to the power of advertising, marketing and lobbying. Pesticide corporations, like big tobacco and the oil industry, have systematically manufactured doubt about the science behind pesticides, and fostered the myth that their products are essential to life as we know it — and harmless if “used as directed.”

The book Merchants of Doubt calls it the Tobacco Strategy: orchestrated PR and legal campaigns to deny the evidence, often using rogue scientists to invent controversy around so-called “junk science” to deny everything — from second-hand smoke causing cancer to global warming to the hazards of DDT.

Here are eight of the seemingly plausible myths we hear from the Big 6 every day:

  1. Pesticides are necessary to the feed the world
  2. Pesticides aren’t that dangerous
  3. The dose makes the poison
  4. The government is protecting us
  5. GMOs reduce reliance on pesticides
  6. We’re weaning ourselves off of pesticides
  7. Pesticides are the answer to global climate change
  8. We need DDT to end malaria, combat bedbugs, etc.

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