Cooler morning which will make harvesting easier. Setting up the hall with tables after mid-day.
Resting after laying their eggs.
Congratulations to Brunswick Chemical Free Land-care for the State award they received. I hope their presence at the market tomorrow will benefit our valley as the discredited with some, local land-care, increase their poisoning. Irony too when a bio-diversity officer from Council wants to apply herbicides near where he lives in Huonbrook. Doesn’t he know Council is now working towards being herbicide free ?
This beautiful gully I cleared by hand of privet, groundsel and lantana 15 years ago. With the tough privet and groundsel, I chopped them to ground level and followed up with the snipping of any new sprouting. Best way to regenerate because by doing the follow up I was able to see what was actually happening at soil level.
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