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Garden edges a glow in the dark.

After the heavy rain the garden’s edges are a glow with various fungi radiating  in the dark.

 

Dear Donald, thanks for your email regarding the use of Glyphosate. The Greens are supporters of chemical-free weed control methods. Only this year, the Greens Leader and health spokesperson Richard Di Natale wrote to the Office of Chemical Safety requesting a review of glyphosate use in Australia following research by the International Agency for Research on that claimed that glyphosate was a probable carcinogen. See: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-26/chemical-group-disputes-finding-that-glyphosate-causes-cancer/6349246

A new study finds that Indian farmers in rain-fed areas are being driven to suicide from the increased cost of growing Bt GMO cotton varieties that confer no benefits to them, writes Eva Sirinathsinghji. The extra expenses arise from buying new seeds each year, along with increased chemical inputs, while suffering inadequate access to agronomic information.

Alternative systems such as organic farming have already been shown to produce superior yields. Bt cotton, instead of bringing farmers out of debt, is fuelling the problem and should be replaced by short-season, local and organically grown varieties. A new study directly links the crisis of suicides among Indian farmers to Bt cotton adoption in rain-fed areas, where most of India’s cotton is grown.

Many fall into a cycle of debt from the purchase of expensive, commercialised GM seeds and chemical inputs that then fail to yield enough to sustain farmers’ livelihoods.

Just in.

Monsanto and other glyphosate manufacturers appear to have distorted scientific evidence on the public health impacts of glyphosate in order to keep the controversial substance on the market, according to a new report released today by GLOBAL 2000 (Friends of the Earth Austria, member of PAN Europe) with the support of Avaaz, BUND, Campact, CEO, GMWatch, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe, PAN Germany, and Umweltinstitut München.

REad the report here https://www.global2000.at/sites/global/files/Glyphosate_and_cancer_Buying_science_EN_0.pdf

and remember that our recently even more reduced APVMA does NO independent testing at all, is funded by industry, and has recently been relocated to Macdonalds, Armidale (not kidding).

Or access the report on our web page blog. (Plenty of other information there too)

Ellen White

byronshirechemicalfreelandcare.org

BSCFL is a project of Mullum Seed

Mullumbimby Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development Incorporated

Nadia de Souza Pietramale

Project Coordinator

0478 272 300

Photo by Rodney Weidland…………………honey eater feasting on the Coral tree flower……………Coral tree that is being poisoned all through out our valley by Land-care.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 23, 2017 · 8:12 pm

Weather permitting.

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 25th of March, from 8:30am to 12:30pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate, no far from the Surf Club. We will be working on the South side of the Horse Track beach access, however I will walk through the middle of the site checking for Glory Lily, If you come later, please call 0478272300 to find us.

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 .Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare

http://byronshirechemicalfreelandcare.org/

 

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More Rain.

In-between showers I take the camera out and photograph, searching for the extraordinary explosion of fungi sprouting on fallen branches, patches of exposed soil and tree trunks. Recycling in its purest form, not inhibited by herbicides or pesticides.

In the pond this afternoon.

Click on photo to enlarge.

The tadpoles feasting on a pineapple top. Click on photos to see their eyes.

 

Distressing news this morning on the upsurge of Queensland’s  land clearing.  Seems to fit nicely with the Queensland’s labour government’s fill steam ahead with the Adani Coal mine approval.

Why do we have environment ministers, both federal and state when laws are not enforced and banks profits come way ahead on the environment ?

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/mar/22/former-greens-leader-bob-brown-to-launch-coalition-to-oppose-adani-coalmine

http://www.stopadani.com/roadshow

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/world-abandoning-coal-avoid-global-warming-danger-climate-change-fossil-fuels-greenhouse-gases-power-a7641886.html

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Byron Herbicide Free. 2 working days ahead, weather permitting.

The Byron Environment Centre is holding it’s due to rain re-scheduled chemical-free bush regen and boardwalk maintenance next Tuesday 21th March from 9.30 to 1.30 at the Cumbebin Wetland Sanctuary (next to the toilet block of the Byron Market site) weather permitting. Cool drinks will be provided.

We will be removing Singapore Daisy from around the stormwater drain adjacent to the boardwalk entrance, and we will be doing maintenance to the boardwalk.

Please wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing from sun and mosquitoes. See map attached.

Hope to see you there – come anytime even for an hour or two.

If raining email Sharon (sharon@wwwires.com) at 8 am on the day to see if it is on.

Hello Everyone,

Even though the rain has stopped for the moment. We have decided to postpone due to the wet conditions in the wetland for safety reasons.

I will let you know next date when decided.

 


Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 25th of March, from 8:30am to 12:30pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate, no far from the Surf Club. We will be working on the South side of the Horse Track beach access, however I will walk through the middle of the site checking for Glory Lily, If you come later, please call 0478272300 to find us.

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.

byronshirechemicalfreelandcare.org
Nadia de Souza Pietramale
Project Coordinator
0478 272 300

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My letter to Dawn Walker……………New State MP.

I read you inaugural speech you gave on International Women’s day.
Thank-you, inspiring and I wish you a dynamic career as a defender of our ecology and the potential for worthwhile employment.
I really liked what you said about the environment and when you walked with your Dad and drinking from a fresh water creek with cupped hands. I can still do that safely here on my Herbicide-free regeneration property. Yes, and the water is sweet and a total experience when I drink after working.
My concern though has increased over the years as we see poisoned Coral trees falling into the Wilson Creek, spraying along side drains and general common sense fence maintenance being done with herbicides. The F rating of the Richmond River at Ballina is a shocking reality.
Also this week we read that Byron Shire Council is to spray the Bangalow sports fields with Metsulfuron methyl and MSMA, both with negative readings from PAN, the opposite from the herbicide makers selling advertising.
In your speech you talk of employment. Late last year the final days of the now disbanded Green Army came and worked with us,  Huonbrook Herbicide-Free Active Volunteers, as we removed the targeted jump-seed from the side of the public road. Land-care and Council’s contractors wanted it sprayed. Over the last three years, a small group of volunteers have hand removed 2 tons of the plant.
 A keen, knowledgeable ,delightful group of young people who expressed concern on their future employment prospects. In my volunteer work alongside the public road I see numerous rain forest seedlings emerging amongst the privets, camphor’s ect.   These volunteers knew their plants and under the tutor guidance of their leader, John McVicar,  I felt what a waste if these young people couldn’t find worth while employment following this down at ground level education and experience.
I see employment potential everywhere alongside our poorly maintained roads. Causeways needing to be cleared out, plantings on erosion points around these causeways. transplanting’s of the many indigenous trees emerging from the silt sites, rock walls around drain run-offs into creeks ect. Coppicing of misplaced plants and on it goes. If hands on maintenance was in place, our roads would function better as problems were dealt with as they emerged.
Huge potential to give young keen budding environmentalists a worthwhile employment opportunity to become true guardian’s of our remaining ecology.
A three day working week perhaps?
We need a massive re think re our environment as climate change is rapidly changing reality on the ground level.
A positive read for me has been Fred Pearce’s “THE NEW WILD” with an endorsement from James Lovelock.
A view I have held after 40 years of owning my property here is that invasive species can have a positive role in maintaining a new balance as wide spread ecological damage adapts to climate change. I see numerous nectar seeking birds and parrots feeding on the introduced Coral tree flowers in winter. Volunteers road side weeding workers have been delighted to witness black cockatoos amongst the pigeons feasting with their young,  from the camphor laurel seeds. Many more examples of birds adaptation abound. If these introduced plants had not replaced the wholesale milling of indigenous trees we would have even fewer bird species surviving.
Vanilla orchids are grown on Coral trees in India. Economic value is there if we seek it. We just have to adapt and let go of an outdated view of our ecology, usually based in a pre European settlement ideal by the old conservationists………………as Fred Pearce says ” the dynamism of “alien species” and the novel eco systems they create are helping nature regenerate. Embracing the NEW WILD is our best chance for the future.
Thanks for reading this far………………our frustrations at the lack of progress regarding herbicide use in the Byron Shire is increasing for the growing number of concerned environmentalists. Opportunity being squandered in our Shire where we should be growing our organic food production and reducing our dependence on artificial fertilisers and poisonous pesticides and herbicides.
 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/19/the-eco-guide-to-mainstream-organics
 https://actions.sumofus.org/a/we-don-t-need-bee-killing-pesticides-to-feed-the-world-1/?

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Saturday.

Humid. Rain fell at 6 pm on Friday evening and well after I was home.

Town day yesterday which was informative and at the same time discouraging on herbicide use by contractors with-in the Shire.  One man said he saw a pink liquid being hosed out alongside the public road. He did not get a photograph. Another told me of underhand spraying taking place by Contractors. Urging all who witness indiscriminate spraying to photograph.

Byron Council notices inform us the Bangalow Sportsfields are to be sprayed with Metasulfuron Methyl and MSMA during this month of March. A wet month too and the active life of these chemicals is months.

What happened to the very expensive weed steamer Council purchased?

Being used on sports fields. http://www.pesticideinfo.org/Detail_Chemical.jsp?Rec_Id=PC32882#ChemID

Re metsulfuron: was from research I did a while back. I think paper was from Cornell Uni. In New York.
Not to plant in treated areas for at least 1 year. Should not be used in consecutive years to avoid accumulation in soils. Low toxicity to birds and honey bees. Kills native grasses. Breakdown in soils is dependant on soil temperature, moisture content and ph. Degrades faster under acidic conditions and high moisture content and high temperature.

Thank you to Sharon for the above information. Byron Herbicide Free  Active Volunteer Group.

I will blog on this later, after a meeting called in 2 weeks time to work out the direction the growing number of Herbicide-Free Active Volunteer Groups take.

Busy morning shovelling gravel out of the under road pipes. Transplanted lomandras along the river bank and generally caught up after this weeks down pour.  Thanking wandering jew which has prevented severe erosion on a steep bank.

 

Blurry but this fly/bee was hard to photograph on Jayne’s rosemary shrub.

So short term politics rule, not only on our local level. Remember the promise of a herbicide-free Shire on all public land by a green rep? How many years ago was that?

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/ockhamsrazor/19-march-2017/8363612

 

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Rain Gauge overflowed.

A day of heavy rain brought down a couple of heavy branches over my  road access and overflowed the rain gauges. But this morning, as the sun tries to break through the remaining cloud, the birds are everywhere with the whip birds darting through the gardens. Finches, yellow breasted robins, honey eaters, kookaburras, currawongs, brown pigeons, wongas, satin bower birds……………..all taking advantage of the abundant insect food source.

The creeks finally getting a flushing.  I wonder where all the poisoned coral trees, which have fallen into the creek over the last 2 years, end up. I cleared a public road causeway of palm fronds blocking the pipes and my causeway of branches. I enjoy doing this chore as the water is freed and the roadways clear of running water.

This morning on the news an item that said its too late for the Great Barrier Reef due to global warming and all the pesticides we pour into the ocean won’t make any difference. What they failed to say, like the particles of plastic now turning up in fish at the fish markets, is the human made chemicals that are proven to be having a massive impact on all marine life.

If there is a chance for evolution to keep pace, its up to us to change our land practices and start to eat what is produce locally, not what is sourced globally.

As well, its about us, as individuals, to cut our energy use.

Rain soaked days mean I listen to radio more and after yesterday, hearing the politicians on energy and Australia selling most of our LPG to overseas buyers, its no wonder the average citizen wonders why we even have politicians when the actual determinations are made by a CEO of a company. Usually too, with the information of what is really happening never getting out to ordinary people.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/mar/16/turnbull-2bn-snowy-hydro-electric-expansion

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2017/mar/16/jay-weatherill-gives-josh-frydenberg-a-serve-at-bizarre-media-conference-video

Fake news indeed and when the bankers rule what little hope is there for the planet’s environment.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-16/nz-whanganui-river-gets-legal-status-as-person-after-170-years/8358434

 

Our precious Great Barrier Reef is in crisis. Severe coral bleaching has returned for the second year in a row. The Queensland Premier should be here tackling the Reef emergency, not in India promoting a dirty new coal mine. Tell her to come home and fight for our Reef.
Donald,

For the second year in a row, severe coral bleaching has returned to our Great Barrier Reef. Surveys just released by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority show severe bleaching on offshore reefs from Cairns to Ingham – threatening life on the Reef and tourism jobs.

Where is Queensland’s Premier while our Reef is in crisis? In India with Mr Adani, promoting a dirty new coal mine for Queensland. 

Our precious Great Barrier Reef is in crisis. Severe coral bleaching has returned for the second year in a row. The Queensland Premier should be here tackling the Reef emergency, not in India promoting a dirty new coal mine. Tell her to come home and fight for our Reef.

 

 

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