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For Byron Herbicide free Volunteers.

Next Tuesday 27th June from 9.30am until 2pm. We will be removing weeds around native plants in the mid section of the NE side of the wetlands. We will also be replacing decking along the boardwalk as required.
1.30 pm we will meeting with Clare the biodiversity person from Byron Council who will be talking with us about flying fox management at the Cumbebin and elsewhere in the shire.
If you would like to add any comments about this come on the day or leave me a message via my email.
Cheers
Sharon

sharon@wwwires.com>

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From London Pride.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/22/germany-to-quash-convictions-of-50000-gay-men-under-nazi-era-law

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/coroner-to-determine-cause-of-scott-johnsons-death-after-original-investigation-inadequate-20170624-gwxt4s.html

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From the Greens on Gonski.

 

Today the Government introduced its Gonski bill to Parliament. It’s still to be voted on in the Senate but, as a Greens supporter, I want to give you our update on this legislation.

The first piece of news I want to share with you is that the Greens will be voting against the Government’s bill. We are taking this course of action because the government has failed to end the special deals which have plagued schools funding for years.

Regrettably, this afternoon the Government cut deals with the Senate cross-bench and is rushing this bill through Parliament before we know all the details. But what we do know is that the government knocked back our request to provide additional funding for schoolkids with disabilities and, instead, carved out significant money for the Catholic sector.

This is disappointing because, until today, our discussions with Malcolm Turnbull and Minister Birmingham have been productive. In fact, it’s thanks to the Greens working constructively with the crossbench and the government that the following significant improvements were made to the bill:

An extra $5 billion in funding for underfunded schools;
The Independent Schools Resourcing Body to monitor funding arrangements; and
A mechanism that ensures states and territories meet benchmarks for their own funding as a condition of receiving Commonwealth funding.

We will not settle for second best where Australian kids and our neediest public schools are concerned. As this legislation continues to be debated in the Senate, the Greens will move amendments that improve the bill, but as a whole we cannot support this legislation. We will continue to campaign for more money to be made available to our neediest public schools and for an end to these anti-Gonski special deals.

Adani ……..https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/22/ocean-elders-urge-malcolm-turnbull-to-reject-adani-coalmine

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Wednesday. Rain having a day off.

Good working morning mulching lantana. Cool and the sun shone for 10 minutes.

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and the European Chemical Agency (EChA) have completed their assessments of the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate. Once again it was concluded that the evidence does not support a classification of carcinogenic for glyphosate. However, members of the European Parliament requested the raw data on which this assessment was made (previously ‘commercial in confidence’). The limited data they received was again analysed by Dr Chrisopher Portier (Former Director US National center for Environmental Health, Former Director US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, amongst other positions). He found “Both EFSA and EChA  failed to identify all statistically significant cancer findings in the chronic rodent carcinogenicity studies with glyphosate.”

His full letter to the European Commission, containing his analysis, is at https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/open-letter-from-dr-christopher-portier.pdf  .

Once again we see that regulators are corrupted at the highest levels.

Cheers

Ellen

byronshirechemicalfreelandcare.org
BSCFL is a project of Mullum Seed
Mullumbimby Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development Incorporated

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Coffee.

I like coffee. No more than two brews a day. I have 10 trees and this year there will be a good harvest. I spend some time pulling seedlings out, due to the king parrot loving the red cherry sweet skin covering the two beans. A beautiful small tree, loves it here and thrives. This region could grow enough for local consumption.

When I am told, you shouldn’t grow coffee, a weed, my reply is ‘do you drink coffee and where does it come from.’ Usually end of conversation.

I pick the cherry when red. Usually a three week harvesting effort.

when the outer is removed, the bean is left to forment in a glass bowl. When sticky and gritty the beans are then thoroughly washed and spread out to dry.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/19/global-warming-brews-big-trouble-coffee-birthplace-ethiopia

Drying the shelled beans in the sun.  Once shelled, a mesh cloth and mallet, the beans are ready to be roasted.

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More rain and its showing little let up. In between showers I have managed to clip the lomandra for mulch and transplant clusters of marigold seedlings throughout the garden. Wet clothes are mounting up.

 

Rain means a chance to read.  Richard Mabey, in his THE CABARET OF PLANTS describes ascending from above, in an hot air balloon, the canopy of a rain forest. Lowering a light weight raft and a light weight netting upon which the scientists could scramble along the netting. Its currently estimated that a tenth of all flowering and other vascular  plants….some 30,000 species………live as epiphytes in tropical forests. That means they live in complex relationships with other organisms. Cooperation, or at least negotiation, is the rule.

I would love to scramble amongst the canopy and stay long enough, quietly, to watch what birds arrive.

Recent news articles stemming originally from Reuters but even repeated in Mother Jones seek to discredit one of the International Agency’s scientific panel, Aaron Blair. In view of the pending court cases against Monsanto in the US courts re glyphosate causing cancer, Monsanto is getting desperate.  The US Right to Know organisation unravels the lies – https://usrtk.org/tag/aaron-blair/ .  The original Reuter’s article was authored by reporter Kate Kelland, who has a history of cozy relations with the Science Media Centre partly funded by agrichemical company interests whose aim is to connect certain ‘scientists’ with journalists to disparage news adverse to corporate profits. This group is very active in Australia.

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The wildlife gallery always make my day.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-15/solar-power-will-kill-coal-sooner-than-you-think

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2017/jun/16/the-week-in-wildlife-in-pictures

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