Town day.

As the lack of rain is beginning to show as trees discard unwanted leaves and the grass burns off,  I saw water tankers delivering water to rural homes.

Good time for individuals to consider more water tanks to catch from the roof . Or for the properties dependent on creek or spring water only to install tanks. Weather patterns are no longer predictable. We will need all the water when can collect in the future. Our creeks need all the help we can give them. Few platypus remain.

Best practice and what our local Green party could be addressing?

Early walk out…………..dawn chorus accompanied me. Dust inhibited me if a car past me by. Coopers Creek water muted as it runs low. Cow paddocks bare of grass as the cows all looked at me as I passed by.

The tree tomato harvest was poor this past winter. The beautiful king parrots took a liking to the small green fruit and decimated most bearing trees. The hopper seems to find a lone fruit and stayed there for days.

Sprayed Telstra site on Wilson Creek Road.

http://littlevillagemag.com/iowas-dwindling-bee-population-is-part-of-a-larger-frightening-trend/

From the NTN.

Sir,
Glyphosate (N -(phosphonomethyl)glycine) is a broad-spectrum systemic non-residual knockdown herbicide used to kill weeds. It was released in 1974 by Monsanto under the trade name RoundUp™, and rapidly became the world’s most popular herbicide. Volumes of use increased dramatically after the introduction of genetically modified (GM) glyphosate-tolerant crops in the 1990s. Estimated global use between 1974 and 2014 was 8.6 million tonnes, with use rising 15-fold since GM Roundup Ready crops were introduced in 1996. Volumes have also increased with its use for pre-harvest desiccation of cotton, cereals, peas, beans, and other crops, this use resulting in elevated residues in food and animal fodder from such crops. But global non-agricultural uses have also risen 5-fold since the introduction of GM crops; volumes of use have also increased owing to the emergence of glyphosate resistant weeds, leading to higher dose applications. It is the most commonly used herbicide in agriculture and forestry, and routinely applied by Local Councils, State-based road departments and the general public in Australia. As a result, virtually everyone is chronically exposed to this chemical, some by several routes of exposure.

Read the full letter below.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00207233.2017.1335017

 

 

 

 

 

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