Another momentous week, visitors, meeting new herbicide free workers and our campaign with-in the Shire gathering momentum. Shame though that personal and false attacks have been directed at those of us who have been steadfast in our dispersal of fact regarding the herbicides in wide spread use within the Shire. Its our responsibility to inform and as most of us are hands on, our role is to challenge when we observe bad practice.
A sad reflection too on the state of debate, fact competing against vested interests. Unfortunately its a country wide reality.
On the news last week we were told Monsanto and other chemical companies contribute millions to the pesticide watch-dog who oversees herbicide regulation.
Read the introduction to Fred Pearce’s The New Wild.
The New Wild
Author….. Fred Pearce….. Publisher Icon Books (2015) ISBN9781848318342 Description … Why invasive species will be nature’s salvation
This sign has appeared at the turn off to our valley. Thanks to who ever has placed it. Its good to see others now getting involved and the silent dissent is becoming active.
The photo below is of the trunk of a bangalow palm tree. I think its beautiful.
Early climb up to the work site with Marg who worked alongside me this morning. Night Cap National Park in the distance where we hope to reach with the Lantana slash and pull soon. Early starts with departure from the cabin by 6 30 am. Temps are already rising rapidly so early starts are essential.
From the USA.
Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready seed line has shown that the strategy of stacking seeds with herbicide-resistant traits doesn’t work. But instead of abandoning this losing strategy, Dow is introducing more of the same, accelerating the pesticide treadmill. The costs of this strategy are clear:
Damage to neighboring crops and farmers’ livelihoods. 2,4-D drifts, both through spray drift and volatilization. This poses a very real threat to rural economies and farmers growing non-2,4-D-resistant crops. Conventional farmers will lose crops while organic farmers will lose both crops and certification, resulting in an economic unraveling of already-stressed rural communities.
Health harms to farmers, rural communities and kids. 2,4-D is a reproductive toxicant, suspected endocrine disruptor and probable carcinogen. Children are particularly susceptible to its effects.
More “superweeds.” 2,4-D-resistant weeds will arise and spread just as RoundUp-resistant “superweeds” have taken over farms and countryside in the Midwest and Southeast.
Pesticide Action Network North America