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Dicamba…………used here in our Shire.

From the USA>
Dicamba drift? This is on you, Monsanto.

 

Like a wildfire burning out of control, the epidemic of dicamba drift blowing across 20 states this summer has already damaged over three million acres of soybean cropland. Adding to the list of some 2,200 reported herbicide injuries are likely many more damaged acres of fruit and vegetable farms, vineyards, trees, home gardens, hedgerows and plant habitats critical to pollinators and other wildlife.
Monsanto — maker of the dicamba herbicide at fault, and the genetically engineered dicamba-resistant crops implicated in the crisis — has been quick to blame farmers. But farmers are clear that the pesticide and biotech seed giant is responsible for this mess. And they want the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to pull these products from the market. Now.
Chemical arms race to the bottom
For decades, Monsanto has enjoyed unrivaled dominance in the pesticide and biotech seed marketplace. However, in recent years, the company’s monopoly control of agricultural seeds and pesticides — built largely on the marketing of its genetically engineered Roundup Ready seeds designed to maintain sale of its flagship herbicide Roundup — has begun to crack. Farmers have been struggling with the emergence and spread of RoundUp-resistant “superweeds” now infesting over 90 million acres of farmland. RoundUp has been found in nearly all stream and air samples tested in the Midwest. And the World Health Organization has concluded that glyphosate — the active ingredient in Roundup — is a probable carcinogen.
Rather than clean up its act, Monsanto has redoubled its efforts to follow the same recipe for disaster, racing against rivals like Dow AgroScience to introduce new lines of transgenic seeds engineered to resist even more chemical herbicides.
As I warned five years ago: “If you’re thinking that pouring more chemicals onto already devastated farmland sounds a bit like pouring gasoline on a fire, I’d have to agree with you.”

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As our own so called Green council seems to have abandoned its pledge to be herbicide free, we are seeing Brushoff herbicide being sprayed in our cemeteries, usually a haven for birds, butterflies, insects, bees and other fauna as seen in European resting grounds where herbicides have been banned.

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Instead of gobbling up more rural land for sprawl have a look at Barcelona high rise.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/sep/07/barcelona-photographer-symmetry-facades-instagram-in-pictures

Cladding on Australian buildings. Where privatisation has taken us.

http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2017/08/31/4726881.htm

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Preparing for a July celebration.

In July it will be 40 years I have had guardianship of this land at Huonbrook.   A naïve starting point for me, when the steep hills were struggling to support a number of cattle, many suffering from brucellosis, an infectious disease of cattle, goats and pigs, caused by a bacteria of the genus Brucella and is transmittable to humans. Kikuyu  grass, introduced from South Africa, had been planted to impede the heavy loss of soil after the forest had been removed and exported. Unfortunately for the suffering cattle,  it supplied a poor nutrient value to their diet and did not fare well with the then 2 metre plus average rainfall.

Feral dogs in packs, (older farmers left their dogs here when they moved to town) could be seen dragging new born emaciated calves into the undercover. Already dying at birth, the calves either succumbed to ticks which circle their necks or provided an easy meal for wedge tail eagles or the dogs.

Most hard wood trees had been removed and what did remain, lease holders, before my purchase, had ripped out every stag horn, birds nest and bangalow palm to sell on.  Fishing nylon line had been tied around trees to grow on  epiphytes for the city markets. Many trees had begun to die.

My first task was to remove the cattle from the denuded hills which saw the beginning of the slow recovery into what mostly is now rain forest. Cut the fishing line off scores of trees and I began to really watch nature evolve and become my teacher and guide.

Lantana followed the removal of the cattle and that I am still slowly peeling back. I am very lucky lantana colonized the disturbed degraded soil. It could have been blackberry.  Protecting the remaining soil from heavy rain and intense sun, it was an ideal cover plant to shelter the durable rain forest seeds dormant in the soil.  Peeling it back is like the removal of a wrapping on a present, beneath lies a whole new micro life waiting to be activated by light.

Herbicides, to my knowledge have never been used on this land.

Its been an incredible journey……..from the early days here, when the rainy season was fairly predictable, the gales used to arrive like clock work, to roar throughout the month of August. Not unusual then to see rain fall continually for 6 months of the year.

Not predictable any more.

Winter time was our dry cool season. Now, in 2017 the weather is entirely unpredictable as we are seeing now this second deluge during our autumn and winter.

What a poser I am……………..photo by Rodney Weidland.

Read what other communities are doing to combat herbicide and pesticide use. Dicamba, now used by our Council on sports fields despite  investing our money in a steam weeding machine.

https://lbcgreenblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/11/introducing-24-d-and-dicamba-two-of-the-next-pesticides-that-will-be-applied-to-our-common-grounds/

 

 

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