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Monsanto( Bayer) faces masses lawsuit action over its weed killer Round-up.

Headlines in our local paper and an editorial on Pesticide use in our Byron Shire. As we see an increase of herbicide use through out the Shire. From large stands of Camphor and Coral to drain and creek edge spraying with Round-up.

Investigative Journalist, Cary Gillam will be a guest speaker at the Byron Writers Festival from August 3 to the 5th.


Its hard to avoid plastic, even for me living here. I take bags to the health food shop and the market. But invariably plastic creeps in. Luckily very little but I still have to hand carry it out to the recycled bins now placed around Mullumbimby streets. I pick up too from the road sides when I walk out. Mostly the lined crisp bags, coffee takeaway containers, the odd beer can ( I remember first arriving in Australia in the 60s as a teenager and hitching over most of the east coast, being horrified at the amount of broken beer bottles and general rubbish along the sides of the roads.)


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Humans have been farming for 10,000 years. It was just about 60 years ago that humans started industrializing agriculture in the U.S. and around the world. After World War II, chemical companies needed a market for wartime inventions and pesticides were put to work in the fields. In the decades that followed, trade and development policy — coupled with savvy marketing by chemical companies — effectively developed an entire model of industrial agriculture.
Today, pesticides touch every aspect of our lives, from residues on our produce to increased chronic disease to biodiversity loss. It’s time for a dramatic shift in our food and farming system.

Here in our once beautiful valley the creep of dying and dead camphor and coral trees are becoming more visible by the week.

I think my current pessimism is fueled by viewing this and with the local community meetings, who are proclaiming a Telstra tower and the resulting radiation will kill bio-diversity with no mention of the increasing herbicide use.

Reality indicates our copper land-lines will no longer operate after 2020? With no maintenance and my December 2017 experience with no phone for 26 days, we have to be realistic and connect to the satellite . The Telstra tower seems irrelevant already.

While all around us 100s of litres of herbicides are being used to poison the so called flora intruders.  No mention of the proven 100s of insects and 4 butterfly species that have adapted to the camphor tree.

From the Chairman at The East London Garden Society

France the latest country to ban the product, a European Parliament ban on retail sales. Why do local authorities still use it?
1,200 Percent Increase of Weed Killer in Your Body
• Researchers tested urine levels of glyphosate and its metabolite aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) among 100 people living in Southern California over a period of 23 years — from 1993 to 2016
• The prevalence of human exposure to glyphosate increased by 500 percent during the study period while actual levels of the chemical, in ug/ml, increased by a shocking 1,208 percent.
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, is the most heavily used agricultural chemical of all time. It’s a mind-boggling amount of usage for one agricultural chemical, and it was only a matter of time before the wide-reaching environmental and public health implications became apparent.
Monsanto advertised Roundup as “biodegradable” and “environmentally friendly,” even going so far as to claim it “left the soil clean” — until they were found guilty of false advertising. Now It’s showing up in people, at alarming levels, with unknown effects on human health.
Study Reveals 1,200 Percent Increase in Glyphosate Levels
Researchers from University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine tested urine levels of glyphosate and its metabolite aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) among 100 people living in Southern California over a period of 23 years — from 1993 to 2016. The starting year is 1994 genetically engineered (GE) crops were introduced in the U.S.
Glyphosate is used in large quantities on GE glyphosate-tolerant, and its use increased nearly fifteen fold since 1996. Glyphosate is also a popular tool for desiccating (or accelerating the drying out) of crops like wheat and oats, with the UCSD researchers noting in JAMA that Roundup is “applied as a desiccant to most small non-genetically modified grains.” So for both the GE crops and non-GE grains, glyphosate “is found in these crops at harvest.”
At the start of the study, Paul Mills, professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California San Diego, stated that very few of the participants had detectable levels of glyphosate in their urine, but by 2016, 70 percent of them did. Overall, the prevalence of human exposure to glyphosate increased by 500 percent during the study period while actual levels of the chemical, in ug/ml, increased by a shocking 1,208 percent.
It’s unknown what this means for human health but, in 2017, separate research revealed that daily exposure to ultra-low levels of glyphosate for two years led to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in rats.7 Mills stated that the glyphosate levels revealed by their JAMA study were 100-fold greater than those detected in the rat study.
In response to the featured study, Monsanto was quick to say that the amounts reported “do not raise health concerns,” and that the fact that the chemical is detected in urine is just “one way our bodies get rid of nonessential substances.” Speaking to GM Watch, Michael Antoniou of King’s College London had another take on the matter:
“This is the first study to longitudinally track urine levels of glyphosate over a period before and after the introduction of GM glyphosate-tolerant crops. It is yet another example illustrating that the vast majority of present-day Americans have readily detectable levels of glyphosate in their urine, ranging from 0.3 parts per billion, as in this study, to ten times higher – 3 or more parts per billion – detected by others.
These results are worrying because there is increasing evidence to show that exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides below regulatory safety limits can be harmful.”
Concerns over glyphosate’s toxicity have been mounting since the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) 2015 determination that glyphosate is a “probable carcinogen.” As of July 2017, California’s Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment also listed glyphosate as a chemical known to cause cancer under Proposition 65, which requires consumer products with potential cancer-causing ingredients to bear warning labels.
Meanwhile, in the EU, European Commission leaders met in March 2016 to vote on whether to renew a 15-year license for glyphosate, which was set to expire in June of that year. The decision was tabled amid mounting opposition, as more than 180,000 Europeans signed a petition calling for glyphosate to be banned outright. Ultimately, more than 2 million signatures were collected against relicensing the chemical.
The European Parliament voted in favour of phasing out glyphosate over the next five years and immediately banned it for household use. As EcoWatch reported, Nathan Donley, a senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity noted:
“This wasn’t just a vote against glyphosate. This was a vote supporting independent science and a vote against an industry that has manipulated, coerced and otherwise soiled independent decision-making in Europe and the rest of the world.”

Another dead end inquiry.


$0 for Adani’s coal train. $516,000,000 for renewables
Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to give Adani $1 billion in public cash via NAIF (the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility) could have been the mining giant’s golden ticket to building their monster coal mine.

But Malcolm Turnbull and Adani weren’t ready for the enormous people-powered backlash to this ludicrous handout.

GetUp members and our friends helped turn Adani’s loan into the defining issue of the Queensland State election, resulting in Adani’s handout being scrapped on the new Queensland Government’s first day in power. And over 5,000 GetUp members contacted the board of NAIF, asking them to put Adani’s request in the bin, and invest in renewable energy and other sustainable, long-term industries that won’t wreck our climate.

NAIF appear to have got the message. This week clean energy company Genex announced NAIF are investing $516M in their massive Kidston solar and hydro project — a cutting-edge renewables hub that will create work for 500 people in North Queensland.2

Large-scale renewables like this are creating better jobs for the future while helping preserve our most precious natural resources. The Turnbull Government, however, are still desperately trying to fund Adani’s Reef-killing, water-guzzling coal mine. They’ve changed the rules of Government credit agency EFIC so they can fund Adani through the backdoor by handing over money to the mining giant’s suppliers.3

We’ve landed some mighty blows against Adani, but the fight’s not over yet.

Sign the petition against any public money for Adani.

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A busy, mostly sunny week.

Whirl wind of business is slowing down after 2 farewell dinners.  Sunny days and cool for here, nights.

Best to Grant and Stephen who are relocating permanently to Napier in New Zealand.

Lil gone to Griffith to work in a packing shed for citrus harvest. She lives there in a comfortable shipping container.

Busy week too working slowly up the valley. Good progress as the soil is damp. Eye sight sharpened when an emerging rain forest seedling shows its first leaves. Pencil, white and red cedar sprouting in clusters which a trowel dig transplants further up. Bird life abundant in the higher vine covered canopies.

New growth through the lantana mulch.

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Autumn winter work schedule underway.

Busy 3 days with lantana slash pull, layer and mulch.

Its exciting as we head further up the steep banks and discover emerging rain forest seedlings as we go.

Yacon flower…………….Andes Apple……………..delicious eaten direct from the soil. Roasted or chopped into stir fry. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yac%C3%B3n

I have kilos available? Also turmeric, ginger, galangal and arrowroot. Message me.



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Knotweed in the UK.

Japanese knotweed cannot be cured, a major study which tried 19 methods over three years has found.

Researchers from Swansea University conducted the world’s biggest ever study into eradicating the invasive weed at two sites in Taff’s Well, near Cardiff, and in Swansea.

But despite using various chemical solutions, physical projects and a mixture of the two, the scientists found no definite ways of killing the plant completely using current methods.

Professor Dan Eastwood from the project said: “Basically, we’re discovering how best to tackle invasive plants in real world conditions, informed by evidence of what actually works. We began focusing on knotweed at a time when there was a great deal of hysteria surrounding it.

“At the time, most information for people affected by the plant was largely based on anecdote. This led to the prospect of unscrupulous companies offering expensive and ineffective treatment solutions.

“It was incredible to us that there was no long-term, large-scale field trial analysis of the treatment methods used to control Japanese knotweed.”

From the DT  UK.

Here too, where telestra and others use herbicide on their sites, within 3 months everything has returned.

Why not just hand weed or whipper snip?

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From PAN and the Monsanto and Bayer merger.


From the USA.

National poll results released this week confirm that farmers across the country believe the merger of Bayer and Monsanto will be bad for farming and farm communities. As the Department of Justice considers its final decision regarding the merger, the poll demonstrates serious concern from farmers and some details about why many believe more consolidation will be harmful.
The weed crisis and accompanying dicamba drift epidemic of last year’s growing season were identified by many farmers as a major concern, and a problem that Monsanto cannot solve and a merger could further amplify.
Farmers say NO to merger
Nearly 1,000 farmers in 48 states, representing all sectors of farming, were asked about the pending merger, and more than 93% expressed concern, with top worries being increased pressure to practice chemical-dependent farming and reduced choice for purchasing seeds and other inputs.
Roger Johnson, President of the National Farmers Union, has this perspective on the pending merger:
Family farmers deserve fair prices, choices in what they plant, and the type of market competition that incentivizes firms to compete and innovate. A Bayer-Monsanto merger stands to move each of these factors in the wrong direction.”
Monsanto & dicamba drift
Last season’s dicamba drift crisis, with more than 3.5 million soy acres damaged by Monsanto’s latest seed/herbicide combo, no doubt elevates these concerns for farmers across the country.
Grain farmers are in a tough spot, thanks to so many years of the corporation’s RoundUp Ready crops spawning the current epidemic of herbicide-resistent weeds. Monsanto’s “solution” to this problem, of course, was Xtend — the dicamba cropping system that is causing so much collateral damage.
Prominent weed scientists predict that already-existing dicamba-resistant weeds will spread quickly, and that Xtend will not solve the weed problem RoundUp has created. It will, however, produce massive short-term profits for Monsanto through herbicide sales.
Widespread impacts & concerns
The survey results also reveal that:
More than 70% of farmers report heavier herbicide use due to resistant weeds;
Over 90% of organic farmers are concerned that pesticide drift will impact their ability to continue organic farming;
Over 11% of field-crop farmers had a recent dicamba drift incident; and
Over 10% of conventional farmers are considering buying Xtend seeds only to prevent dicamba drift damage to their own crops.
You can stand with farmers against the Bayer-Monsanto merger.


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