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Saturday date for Volunteer Herbicide free work.

Hi this a kind reminder about this Saturday working bee:

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 6th of May, from 9 am to 1 pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate, not far from the Surf Club. We will be doing follow up work of Bitou Bush seedling on the front dune, please call 0478272300 to find us if you come later.

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. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate, not far from the Surf Club. We will be doing follow up work of Bitou Bush seedling on the front dune, please call 0478272300 to find us if you come later.

Herbicides and Environment

Edited by Andreas Kortekamp, ISBN 978-953-307-476-4, 760 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published January 08, 2011 under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/550
Edited Volume

Herbicides are much more than just weed killers. They may exhibit beneficial or adverse effects on other organisms. Given their toxicological, environmental but also agricultural relevance, herbicides are an interesting field of activity not only for scientists working in the field of agriculture. It seems that the investigation of herbicide-induced effects on weeds, crop plants, ecosystems, microorganisms, and higher organism requires a multidisciplinary approach. Some important aspects regarding the multisided impacts of herbicides on the living world are highlighted in this book. I am sure that the readers will find a lot of helpful information, even if they are only slightly interested in the topic.Herbicides and Environment
Edited by Andreas Kortekamp, ISBN 978-953-307-476-4, 760 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published January 08, 2011 under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license

All too often, Monsanto and the rest of the “Big 6” pesticide corporations distort information to make their products seem safe and necessary — but they’re not.

Myths about pesticides are a testimony to the power of advertising, marketing and lobbying. Pesticide corporations, like big tobacco and the oil industry, have systematically manufactured doubt about the science behind pesticides, and fostered the myth that their products are essential to life as we know it — and harmless if “used as directed.”

The book Merchants of Doubt calls it the Tobacco Strategy: orchestrated PR and legal campaigns to deny the evidence, often using rogue scientists to invent controversy around so-called “junk science” to deny everything — from second-hand smoke causing cancer to global warming to the hazards of DDT.

Here are eight of the seemingly plausible myths we hear from the Big 6 every day:

  1. Pesticides are necessary to the feed the world
  2. Pesticides aren’t that dangerous
  3. The dose makes the poison
  4. The government is protecting us
  5. GMOs reduce reliance on pesticides
  6. We’re weaning ourselves off of pesticides
  7. Pesticides are the answer to global climate change
  8. We need DDT to end malaria, combat bedbugs, etc.

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JUST IN FROM THE ECHO.

80 turn out to rescue the Richmond River

The Richmond River estuary at Ballina was rated F in a 2015 Ecohealth report. Photo environment.nsw.gov.au

The Richmond River estuary at Ballina was rated F in a 2015 Ecohealth report. Photo environment.nsw.gov.au

Over 80 community members representing various farming, Landcare and environment groups attended the inaugural meeting of the Richmond River Rescue on Wednesday night at the Lismore City Hall.

Convened by aspiring Nationals Party politician and former Telstra spin doctor, Rod Bruem, the meeting was called to gauge community support to establish a new environmental action group to focus on the important issues of restoring the Richmond River and its tributaries.

‘Richmond River is a disgrace and by any measure it’s getting worse not better,’ Mr Breum said.

He said the issue needed to be addressed now and addressed loudly by local stakeholders.

However, a split in community consensus rapidly became clear when co-convenor Phil Terry, a local farm owner, stated that the group did not want to see unnecessary laws such as mandatory fencing along river banks or other run off initiatives imposed on farmers whose land adjoins the river.

Landcare groups and local Greens Councillor Vanessa Ekins, having just heard from SCU Professor Amanda Reichelt-Brushett that farming activities over the past century were the largest cause of river degradation, did not warm to Terry’s   position believing farmers needed to make reparations for their impact.

Other groups at the meeting queried the need for the existence of yet another river group but Rod Bruem maintained his goal was to bring all the existing groups under one umbrella to lobby for Federal funding.

The meeting in Lismore will be followed by a meeting in Ballina today, Thursday 23 February, at the Ballina Richmond River Room adjacent to the Library commencing at 6pm.

Spraying directly into a drain. Left Bank Road.

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My present work site. The foreground shows the substantial regrowth after the lantana was slashed, layered and mulched. An ideal cover for indigenous seedlings to sprout.

this-weeks-work-site Photo below taken 2 years ago.

present-work-site

 

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Bees busy.

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During the heat wave I was aware there was an absence of bees in the garden. But yesterday, on the tea bush and every zinnia flower, there was a frenzy of bee activity.

Hi Don,

I hope this finds you well.

I wanted to get in touch with you directly as you’re in a powerful position to help over the next few weeks. Big decisions are being made about the fate of our Coral Sea – the cradle to our Great Barrier Reef and one of the last places on Earth where ocean giants still thrive.

Momentum is strong. More than 50,000 Australians have already contacted the Government over the last few months, asking for our suspended Coral Sea Sanctuary to be restored. This is the crucial moment to tell your local MP they need to be your voice in the Minister’s office, so he makes the right decision. Please send a message to get your MP on board today.

We know from working with MPs across the political spectrum that even just a handful of local constituents can have a powerful impact. MPs measure how much their constituents care about an issue by how much effort they go into contacting them.

But your MP needs to hear that this is an issue of real concern to you – their local constituent. They can make the difference right now by stepping up and talking with Environment Minister Frydenberg over the next week.

Our target is for 10 local constituents in each electorate to contact their local federal MP, urging them to fully restore our National Network of Marine Sanctuaries.

Can you email your MP now? I have some points to get you started here.

Why now?

The future of the Coral Sea Marine Reserve is uncertain. The suspended reserve includes a large sanctuary that is designed to protect our marine life, to help reefs to recover from devastating coral bleaching, and to help ensure we have fish for the future. Outside the sanctuary, it would have also created what is effectively the largest recreational fishing zone in Australia’s history – making the Coral Sea Marine Reserve a win-win for conservation and great fishing.

I can’t overstate what an important moment this is, and the influence you can have at this point. Thanks to your support and thousands around Australia, we’ve built huge momentum since former Prime Minister Tony Abbott suspended our Coral Sea Marine Reserve. The Federal Government has now committed to get it in place by July 2017, but they are considering a proposal for massive cutbacks to sanctuary protection.

Can you help us make sure your MP rejects these devastating cutbacks by sending them an email?

How to get started

We’ve made a page where you can find your local MP and send them an email.

It’s important to let them know you’re a local constituent, and that you’re calling on them to fully restore our Coral Sea Sanctuary, with NO loss of sanctuary protection and NO further delay.

Send your email now.

I hope you’ll be able to take the time to do this, and greatly appreciate your help at such a key moment.

Kind regards and thanks again for your support,

James

http://www.sustainableseafood.org.au/

 

 

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