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You cannot solve a problem with the same level of consciousness that created it – Einstein

http://pesticideinfo.org/List_ChemicalsAlpha.jsp?ChemName=G

When the original forest cover was removed in the Northern Rivers, camphor laurel was introduced because it was fast growing and provided much-needed shade for both livestock and homes. It soon filled the void following failed dairy farming and banana plantations and after most of the original trees were removed, it is now declared noxious by short sighted politicians and  pre 1788ers.  Almost all of the native food source for birds was removed by European  farming/tree harvesting colonization. For insects and other fauna  the camphor laurel soon provided much-needed sustenance. It has been recorded over 40 insects, along with many birds  depend on camphor laurel for their precarious and lucky survival as their original food sources were removed. So to see whole areas poisoned locally is a tragedy and reflects our short-term thinking with-out any historical hind-sight. And these people advocating complete removal of the camphor really are showing the same ignorance that the early settlers did when they first brought European farming practices to Australia’s quite different ecology.

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/offtrack/grumpy-scientists/4369260

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/12/us-glyphosate-idUSTRE77B58A20110812

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Monarch-butterflies in the garden.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/sep/22/monarch-butterfly-secrets-revealed

Can’t wait to see this doco. The Monarchs have arrived into my garden and are busy dotting the cotton plant with eggs. The cotton plant is considered a weed to be poisoned by some but I regard every plant as a blessing as the Monarch travels far for this breeding plant.

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From the 18th floor.

More rain but it didn’t deter me going to the West-end and enjoying the day. 2 young children thought I was Santa Claus, to their parents delight. Another little Bengali girl beamed and waved to me which double took her mother. Overall an interesting day with a lunch with the Spanish photographer I met on the flight over, then I viewed the South African movie. Beauty, a bleak look at repressed sexuality. I am buying books,something I said I would not be doing due to their weight. Nano Houses,ideas for small and sustainable dwellings and  What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism.  I went to Foyles book-shop, boy what a book-shop that still is. Many floors of anything you want to read or see. Riverting too is Murdoch’s appearance at the Leveson Inquiry.

Amanda is playing the latest Kate Bush CD,  50 words for Snow.  Very pleasant.

A sign in the Battersea herb garden.

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Dams and more dams.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/gallery/2012/mar/14/controversial-dam-projects-in-pictures#/?picture=387276527&index=9

With one in seven countries now relying on imported water and population growth demanding to eat more meat I guess there will be a break even point one day. As a vegetarian I can’t imagine ever eating meat again.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/study-urges-moderation-in-red-meat-intake-201203144490

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Peru leading the way.

In a massive blow to multinational agribiz corporations such as Monsanto, Bayer, and Dow, Peru has officially passed a law banning genetically modified ingredients anywhere within the country for a full decade before coming up for another review. Peru’s Plenary Session of the Congress made the decision 3 years after the decree was written despite previous governmental pushes for GM legalization due largely to the pressure from farmers that together form the Parque de la Papa in Cusco, a farming community of 6,000 people that represent six communities. They worry the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will compromise the native species of Peru, such as the giant white corn, purple corn and, of course, the famous species of Peruvian potatoes. Anibal Huerta, President of Peru’s Agrarian Commission, said the ban was needed to prevent the ”danger that can arise from the use of biotechnology.”

Thanks to Nadia, the chemical-free real physical worker on the dunes at Brunswick.

http://foodfreedomgroup.com/2012/03/14/bt-toxin-kills-human-kidney-cells/

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Monsanto’s Roundup Shown to be Ravaging Butterfly Population

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29684   Most of us, who live close to the ground,  know by observation ( and how I wish I had time to closely monitor on paper what I see ) that there is a considerable reduction in numbers  within insects, bird  and butterflies populations. Climate change will be playing a huge part but the increasing use of round-up in this Shire  will also be contributing.

Foot-note. Australian farmer now cultivating so called weeds for food. http://www.smh.com.au/environment/farmer-cultivates-a-relationship-with-weeds-20120312-1uwes.html

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More gentle rain.

Considering the rest of the State of NSW and a large part of Victoria is struggling with the deluge of water,  our federal opposition is still carping on about the carbon tax inhibiting growth and development.  The last few weeks of dramatic record breaking rains and weather patterns, which are defying forecasts,  surely more of us are beginning to realise the writing is on the wall and climate change is happening now.  But do we care ? 

This is a neighbour’s horse.

And a rose is a rose. This one had a scent too.

NY Times article on the dingo. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/science/australias-view-of-the-dingo-evolves.html?_r=1&src=dayp

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