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The 16.3 million coffees Australians collectively gulp down on average each day have a lot to answer for. As one of the planet’s most traded commodities, coffee is big business. But it is problematic.

Major production starts in some of the world’s poorest nations, where coffee plantations are linked to rainforest clearing. Farms often rely on cheap labour. Multiple investigations have uncovered evidence of human trafficking, forced labour and child labour on plantations – kids as young as five were common employees on Honduras farms, a study in 2016 by Finnwatch found.

As an added problem, too many of us choose to consume our caffeine hit in ways that create tonnes of rubbish each year.

But if you can’t live without your morning coffee, our guide offers the best options for consuming it as ethically as possible.

My harvest here is modest coming in at 2 kilos of green beans last harvest. Below a photo of Simon sorting the husks from the bean.

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Nadia, leader of the Byron/Brunswick Chemical Free Active Volunteers Group.

We all agree that Byron Shire should do an audit of the quantity of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides being used on our flora and fauna and in our gardens. The Green hue we cloaked ourselves with has suddenly turned a very weak yellow according to a comment to the Byron Echo.

Dismal week news ways.

Shame the Christmas break is over when the politicians, local, state and federal, were speechless.

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Its all about endurance until these poisons are withdrawn from sale.

Did you know that SumOfUs members around the world chipped in to defend the strongest ban to date on bee-killing pesticides?
And it worked!
When Dow Chemical tried to undermine France’s historic ban on neonics — the class of pesticides known to pose a deadly risk for bees and other pollinators — our partner in France, Générations Futures, was ready to sue.
With the help of thousands of SumOfUs members chipping in to cover the legal costs, they stopped Dow Chemical in court.
Dow’s move: The chemical giant tried to get around the French ban by pushing for a new kind of neonicotinoid — Sulfoxaflor — not to be counted as a neonic so they can go on selling bee-killing pesticides.
But thanks to our partners and SumOfUs members like you, the authorization of Dow Chemical’s dangerous sulfoxaflor pesticides is now on ice.
We have proven yet again that together, we can hold even the biggest corporations to account.

99% of koala habitat can be bulldozed if it’s on private land in NSW under new land-clearing laws.
Now, read that line again.
99% of koala habitat can be bulldozed if it’s on private land in NSW under new land-clearing laws.
Are you outraged? I am. So I can imagine, like me, you’d want to do something about it. don, will you sign our urgent petition to call for habitat for koalas to be off limits to clearing?
This is out of control. Our Environment Minister signed off on new land-clearing laws that make it easier to bulldoze koala habitat. Even though she knew that 99% of koala habitat could face the axe.
This is yet another reason we’ve taken the NSW Government to court – to challenge some of the worst elements of its dangerous land-clearing laws.

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My comments in the Guardian.

When I removed some camphor trees years ago, by chopping them down, I followed up for a year after, to snip off any new shoots. The camphor succumbed and red cedars, pencil cedars had already established as seedlings. It is not a one off commitment. It depends on regular follow ups where you really begin to see how nature rebounds.

Its all about labor.

Many young people are seeking direction. Give them guardian ship of what is called degraded environments, work from the soil up and within weeks many will realize nature is the best teacher of all.

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Caring for our wild-life and nature is beyond most Australians. Our cities sprawl, our houses are too big, modern media is full of ads urging us to buy more rubbish or renovate every couple of years.

Most people who do want to do something think applying a poison to an ‘invasive’ species on our flora is the cure.

Few have bothered to look at how many birds ect have adapted to our changing environment which gathered pace as soon as Europeans set foot on this land.

We work methodically here with a brush hook and machete slashing and mulching lantana. Slowly, because we witness what we see and gradually so adaptation for the creature who uses the so called invasive can relocate. Getting the right worker is the problem. Physical activity is more likely to be watched on a screen or played out in a gym.

I see how our efforts here over 20 years have brought more birds, more wallabies, more snakes, lizards ect to occupy this end of the valley.

When the introduced Coral trees were poisoned down our valleys I watch many more honey eaters, lorikeets flock into my remaining Coral trees for the winter flowering.

Now the camphor is being targeted with glyphosate poisoning despite the camphor now being a major source of food and habitat for many birds, butterflies and insects.

Short sightedness, easy short term feel good approaches and funds, which favor herbicide use, is a major contributor to our environments rapid decline.

I recommend Fred Pearce’s THE NEW WILD where he documents the niches and evolution introduced plants are playing in the niches human activity has provided.

And it can be done as we witness here but it will depend on real on the ground physical labor as it was done when the first red cedar worker came and removed all the hard wood a century ago.

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What some of us witness at ground level.

More than 1,800 plant and animal species and ecological communities are at risk of extinction right now
• Interactive: Wombats, sharks, possums, frogs: Australia’s animals at risk of extinction

Lisa Cox
‘As a society, we should be caring more for our nature, and we’re not,’ says Prof John Woinarski. The Christmas Island pipistrelle, pictured, is now extinct.
Global warming wiped out the Bramble Cay melomys – the first mammalian extinction in the world to be caused by climate change – but a straightforward plan that could have rescued the little rodent was thwarted by red tape and political indifference.

“It could have been saved. That’s the most important part,” says John Woinarski, a professor of conservation biology who was on the threatened species scientific committee that approved a 2008 national recovery plan for the species, endemic to a tiny island in the Torres Strait.

Extinction is entirely avoidable. We can turn the trend around but it needs meaningful government intervention
James Trezise, ACF policy analyst
The fate of the melomys is symptomatic of the failures in Australia’s management of threatened species, which has seen the country lose more than 50 animal and 60 plant species in the past 200 years and record the highest rate of mammalian extinction in the world over that period.

I comment as Jakonne.

From Byron Shire chemicalfreelandcare.

I wanted to thank you for the pesticide information you have put together on your web page: …The other morning I found a hurt owl in my yard, rolling around on the ground. I called animal control and once they took the owl, they called me about a day later to let me know the owl had suffered from pesticide poisoning. (I was so sad!) After finding out what happened to the beautiful creature, and seeing first hand how dangerous these pesticides really are, I was pretty scared. I decided to go on line and look up some information to make a guide for my students/faculty in hopes to educate others. (I have since thrown out anything in my garage that contains toxic ingredients!)

Your page led me to some helpful information on pesticide poisoning. I had also found this page ( that covers all the negative aspects of gardening with pesticides, like how harmful pesticides are for your water/food, the dangers towards humans lives and wildlife, and a lot more! I think it would be a great addition to include on your page, if you wanted to add it! I really hope I can teach people how bad this stuff really is and help keep the wildlife alive!!
Kate Carpenter

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Hot days again with thunder storms in the evening.

My 41/70 celebration saw 30 people come and take part. Garden walks, delicious food and dancing to dawn. My large collection of LPs were well played with everyone choosing what they wanted to hear.

A cool happy night, lots of communication with me holding fort with a 15 minute summation of my 41 years of guardian ship of this land.

Nadia and Mary in the garden.

Me making a few reality points of the urgency of a herbicide free future for our food, soil, water and air along with the fauna that have evolved in our changed flora.

Vanessa and Wolfgang. Local certified Organic gardeners. In the turmeric and ginger section.

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Organics on the rise in Europe.

Sales of organic food and drink in the UK rose by 6% last year to a record £2.2bn, fuelled by strong growth through independent outlets and home delivery which outpaced sales in rival supermarkets.

Almost 30% of all organic sales now take place online or on the high street, according to a new report from Soil Association, the trade body which licenses organic products and promotes organic farming.

In a sixth year of consecutive growth, sales have bounced back after plummeting following the recession. Last year’s £2.2bn figure – up from £2.09bn in 2016 – beats the pre-recession all-time high of £2.1bn in 2008.

The organic market is still dwarfed by the size of the overall food and drink sector – the largest manufacturing segment in the UK and now worth £112bn according to the the Food and Drink Federation. However, non-organic sales edged up by only 2% over the same period, the report says.

Sales of organic products in supermarkets rose by 4.2% to £1.5bn, while independents – delis, fine food stores, health shops, farm shops, farmers’ markets and retailers such as Whole Food Markets and Planet Organic – enjoyed a 9.7% sales jump to £359m. Home delivery services including box schemes saw a jump of 9.5% to £286m.

Consumers are also buying more organic items in non-food categories, snapping up beauty products, where sales rose 24%, and textiles, where sales soared by 25%.

Is glyphosate toxic to humans?

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it has found trace amounts of a widely-used and controversial herbicide in roughly 30 per cent of food products it tested, and residue levels above the recommended limits in nearly four per cent of grain products.

Canada’s food safety watchdog released a report this week outlining the results of its glyphosate testing program which looked at more than 3,100 samples of domestic and imported food products in 2015 and 2016.

READ MORE: The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15: 2017’s list of fruits, vegetables with the most pesticides

Testing used 482 samples of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, 2497 samples of grains (barley, buckwheat, and quinoa), beverages, bean, pea, lentil, chickpea and soy products and 209 retail samples of infant foods.

Here’s what the CFIA found when it tested food products for glyphosate residue and measured it against the Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) set by Health Canada.







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