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Recent study on Organic food.

Eating organic food could cut the risk of cancer, a new study has found.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and breast cancer rates were lower among those who more frequently eschewed conventional food, according to researchers from the Centre of Research in Epidemiology and Statistics in Paris who examined data from nearly 70,000 French adults.
The reduced risk may be because those who eat organic are not exposed to the chemical pesticides and medicines which are generally used to treat regular fruit, veg, meat and fish, they suggested.

“Because of their lower exposure to pesticide residues, it can be hypothesised that high organic food consumers may have a lower risk of developing cancer,” said lead author Julia Baudry. “If the findings are confirmed, promoting organic food consumption in the general population could be a promising preventive strategy against cancer.”

But Dr Baudry admitted that such a diet appeared to have no effect on the risk of contracting bowel or prostate cancer.

The finding – published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal – comes amid rising concern about the health risks of pesticides.





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Murray-Darling Basin. From the ABC online.

The head of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has said the historic agreement to protect Australia’s iconic river system for the environment and agriculture is in danger of collapse.

MDBA chief executive Phillip Glyde told the ABC he was concerned the New South Wales and Victorian governments might act on their threats to potentially walk away from the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

“It’s certainly under a lot of pressure at the moment,” he said.

“If it [the plan] does collapse, we go back to circumstances before 2012 where various state governments use water as they may wish, but it doesn’t look after the basin as a whole.

“It would undermine the food bowl of the nation, undermine us having a sustainable basin that is environmentally sound.”

The crisis was sparked when Federal Labor announced on Tuesday it would support the Greens’ bid to block a 70-gigalitre cut in the amount of water being returned to the environment in the northern basin.

The cut, supported by the Federal Government, was recommended by the MDBA, which said it would save 200 jobs in irrigation-dependent communities in NSW and Queensland.

NSW Water Minister Niall Blair said his Government was “deadly serious” about reconsidering its commitment to the plan.

What is the Murray-Darling Basin Plan?

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan has remained controversial ever since its introduction back in 2012.
He said the processes built into the basin plan for adjusting irrigation and environmental flows had been agreed to by all of the state and federal governments involved.

“But now, because outcomes don’t meet political desires or wants, some want to overturn the umpire’s decision,” he said.

“We’re really questioning whether we would bother with any of the other implementation of the plan, if it’s going to be treated like this.

“The hard work that’s been done bringing communities along for the difficult conversations, to then have it just thrown onto the scrapheap like this, I don’t know, we’d want to be in a position to put our communities through that again.”

But tensions are set to rise even further when Parliament considers the potential return of 605 gigalitres of water to communities in the southern part of the basin.

The MDBA said that was linked to greater water efficiencies, which would allow the same environmental benefits for less environmental flows, Mr Glyde said.

The Greens, however, have said they would also move to disallow that.

“All governments have signed up to that 605-gigalitre adjustment six months ago. If that was to fall over I think that would be the end of the basin plan,” Mr Glyde said.

“[That’s] because that method means we can achieve the environmental outcomes of the basin plan with much smaller economic impact.”

A spokeswoman for shadow water minister Tony Burke said Labor would have to read the fine print of any new Greens motion and take it to Caucus before deciding whether to support it.

Topics: government-and-politics, environmental-management, murray-darling-basin, rivers, irrigation, rural, enviro



Here we are slowly regenerating the banks of Coopers creek. Seeding edge.

I must add that a month ago an indigenous man ( unknown to me) told me on the streets of Mullumbimby that the poisoning of Coral trees along the banks of Wilson Creek, is responsible for the deaths of platypus. 2 bodies were found that I know of soon after poisoning began.


From Fred.
Politicians will soon decide on whether or not to take more water out of the Murray Darling river system. They’ll look at facts, figures and graphs and maybe hear from some big irrigators. But I want them to know what this decision means to me and my people.

I am of the Murrawarri Nation in the Northern Murray Basin. Growing up, the river was our lifeblood. It was a place to fish, to swim and it’s the home of our sacred river red gum trees.

Our people talk about how life is reborn in the river red gums. We believe that spirits return to earth on the back of a falling star, and hide behind a bush near the birthing tree. A baby growing in its mother’s womb is waiting for a spirit, and as soon as the baby is born the spirit jumps into the baby giving it its first breath. The river red gums are sacred to us because we use the leaves to communicate to our ancestors in the sky camp. If the river red gums die, then so do our spiritual connections with our ancestors.

Growing up, the river would flood once every 3 to 5 years — what the gums need to stay healthy — but right now the floods only happen once every 15 years on average. The infamous Cubbie Station and the St George Irrigation area in QLD are able to take huge amounts of water from the system and the river is in a shocking state right now.

I want you to see it for yourself. Especially the Senators who will vote on whether or not to take more water out of the Murray Darling Basin Plan in the next week.

When parliament resumes, I’ll be in Canberra calling for more environmental water in the system and for the Murray Darling Basin Plan to be implemented in full.

Will you watch the video of the sacred river red gums I have a responsibility to look after for future generations? If you share it you’ll be strengthening my hand in Canberra ahead of the senate vot

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Photos taken by Tannon.


The snake had been resting in this spot for a week before my visitors arrived. Both Dion and Tannon were not fazed at having to step over it every morning.

But on the third morning the snake pooped and weeed right in the corner of the door to then leave in disgust at having all of us stomping around.

It reappeared yesterday but as more visitors are due I will myself remove it to the gardens.

Too late some say so just keep digging and cutting down or poisoning.


And more hot air from Davos.



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Sun and more sun.

Time seems to zip past and its already Tuesday. Busy few days……………garden, fence repair as the pademelons and bandicoots find new ways to breach the garden fence and nibble away at carrots, fennel and what ever succulent green vegetable is accessible.

But plenty for my kitchen and a run of visitors have not gone away hungry.

This pawpaw was blown over in the April storms…………..I left it to where it fell and it has produced a fine crop.  Note the hollowed out pineapple behind. A sure feast for the spring busy bower birds.

The Coral tree flowers are still feeding scores of nectar seeking birds every day. The huge increase of birds seeking the nectar this winter will be due to most coral trees in the valley have been poisoned by land-care’s contractors. Few flowering trees during our winter.

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Early start.

Slept soundly, early to sleep at 8 pm and woke at 3 am.

Then tried to make pumpkin scones. I think I forgot to put raising in as they were flat and soggy. Filled them with pickle, NZ mature cheese and a slice of eggs.

Ok .

But the biscuits were more to my satisfaction.


At 7 am I cycled the 4 ks to our herbicide free road side weed.

Joined Jayne and 3 hours later we had climbed steep banks and removed the flowering jumpseed.  Amazing plant, its elegant long flower stem lined with a dark pink flower. It is beautiful and determined. Amongst the jumpseed are many introduced plants, from camphor laurel, privets, devils claw and at least another 5.  Enjoyed a great swirl of noise  while weeding, a flock of white headed pigeons flew into a camphor above me. I thought is was a jet, far over head.


The targeting of this particular plant by those who decide that herbicide is the only way to control, to me is a total waste of money,  unproductive, possibly health impacting on labor and is seriously contributing to environmental decline, both visible and invisible. The pic above is a spot that has been previously sprayed with Round-up..

Our climate change future will be determined by what grows.

Read what is happening to our Pacific Ocean, from land human practice.


And then the picnic.

Just beautiful.

Thank-you to the organizer’s.  A lot of effort, shade sites and Buddhist prayer flags, A deep swimming spot below.

A variety of picnic treats to eat.


Walked through the  beautiful paddock above, once a pineapple field, then a cricket ground, which became locally famous, to now a piece of real Estate on the market. Anyone out there who wants land………………….. some herbicide use but has been running cattle for the last years.

Looks ready for conversion to  clean organic land.


e mail me if your heart, ethics, money and your future is coinciding. chem.free.regen@gmail.com

so-beautifulThis is the beautiful creek running at the property’s  edge.

The New Wild

Author…..   Fred Pearce…..    Publisher Icon Books (2015) ISBN9781848318342   Description … Why invasive species will be nature’s salvation

Veteran environmental journalist Fred Pearce used to think of invasive species as evil interlopers spoiling pristine ‘natural’ ecosystems. Most conservationists would agree. But what if traditional ecology is wrong, and true environmentalists should be applauding the invaders? In The New Wild, Pearce goes on a journey to rediscover what conservation should really be about. He explores ecosystems from Pacific islands to the Australian outback to the Thames estuary, digs into the questionable costs of invader species, and reveals the outdated intellectual sources of our ideas about the balance of nature. Keeping out alien species looks increasingly flawed. The new ecologists looking afresh at how species interact in the wild believe we should celebrate the dynamism of alien species and the novel ecosystems they create. In an era of climate change and widespread ecological damage, we must find ways to help nature regenerate. Embracing the ‘new wild’ is our best chance.




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Now to regain routine.

Loved the last 2 weeks.  It was cooler than expected. Visitors, over night guests, food and dancing and singing.  Christmas extended to three evenings, all with different friends each night  due to their working rosters.

No better way to spend New Years Eve other than with Shea.

A extraordinary young woman whom I haven’t seen for nearly 3 years. Her song writing via her lyrics are way beyond her young age and I imagine a time she will be discovered as a song writer as well as a singer with fine voice.


The garden has taken off again. Below is a photo of a corner where ginger, butternut pumpkin, rocket and marigolds all flourish being close to each other. The grasshopper explosion, which has decimated other organic gardens in the area, seem to be contained in the mustard and zinnia flower patch.


Yesterday, while trying to prepare my cocoanut, semolina and macadamia biscuit bake, a mother butcher bird brought in her two young ones and attempted to help themselves to my baking mix. This is a first and I wondered how did they know I had edibles which they could eat.



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50 mls of rain.

On and off showers, not heavy, has bolted the garden.  Swallows, Eastern Yellow Robins, Wrens, Wonga Pigeons and a whip bird, all finding plenty to feast on. So hard to photograph and using my old  Canon camera.

Photo of a snake, feasting on the frogs spawn.


Comfrey, my main liquid fertiliser source, in flower.


After 50 mls of rain, a banquet garden for the smaller birds.


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Banana feast.

King Parrot.
Beautiful days, sun and cool. Perfect time to catch up in the garden. A self seeded view.

Ginger, turmeric, lemons and limes, mint, mustard, yacons.

And what we always knew.

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From our Organic Certifier.

Australian Organic taking action for farmers and consumers on GMOs
Australian Organic will always fiercely defend our members’ organic farming activities, be a leader in protecting consumer interest and deliver non GMO organic products.

Over past weeks some potentially libellous and patently wrong claims have suggested we want to permit GMOs in organic. This is ironic given our organisation is at the forefront of ensuring that organic products remain non GMO.

These changes DO NOT allow for GMOs to be present in any certified organic products or crops. These changes simply allow for us to protect our farmers should a situation arise.

GMOs have no part in organic farm systems. This is etched into each and every organic standard worldwide.

We deliver on this via our audits, testing, and occasionally in decertifying products not found to be in compliance with this. This will continue with a zero tolerance for GMOs in Australian Certified Organic products that consumers purchase.

The growing presence of GMOs in Australia has forced our industry to begin to face what is unfortunately common internationally. Our local farmers are now facing the potential for genetic flow of GMOs onto their own farm system.

Australian Organic is fighting to ensure our standards remain:

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Long week-end.

A hint of winter with cooler days. Busy visitor week-end with Lily staying and stoking a cosy fire in the cabin.


A study has begun on herbicide free regeneration properties ( like here ) and a herbicide weed controlled site. Initial observations seem to suggest a wider range of indigenous plants sprouting here.

Herbicides are widely used to control invasive non-native plants in wildlands, yet there is little information on their non-target effects, including on native plants that are intended to benefit from the treatment. Effects at the seed stage have been particularly understudied, despite the fact that managers commonly seed native plants immediately after herbicide application. We conducted a greenhouse experiment to explore the effects of two broadleaf-specific herbicides (aminopyralid and picloram) on seedling emergence and biomass for 14 species that grow in dry grasslands of NW North America. For each species, we placed 50 seeds in soil-filled pots that were sprayed with a water control or one of the herbicides at one of two rates (1× and 0.01× of the recommended rate). After 5 weeks, we assessed seedling emergence and dry aboveground biomass per pot. At the recommended rate (1×), both her bicides significantly suppressed seedling emergence and lowered biomass. At the diluted rate (0.01×), the effect of picloram was comparable to the effect at the recommended rate, whereas aminopyralid had no effect. There was no difference in effects of herbicides on native versus non-native species. Although both herbicides are considered to be broadleaf-specific, monocots were just as vulnerable as dicots at the recommended rate. Our results show that herbicides can harm non-native and native plants at the seed stage, alike. Land managers should avoid spraying if recruitment of native species from the seedbank is a goal and should not seed directly after spraying. [Wagner, V. and Nelson, C. R. (2014). Herbicides can negatively affect seed performance in native plants. Restoration Ecology, online 07 April] Comment .

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