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Huffington Post.

The Monsanto company is still reeling from a spring 2015 declaration by the World Health Organization that its flagship product Roundup is a “probable human carcinogen.”

Now, the company’s image, and the image of its top-selling product, have taken yet another hit, this time in the United States.

In California, where organic farming and healthy living has gained a huge foothold, the company’s flagship product Roundup will now be labeled in similar fashion to the WHO ruling — with a label stating that it is a possible cancer threat.

Monsanto Defense Team Denied

According to this report from the Associated Press out of Fresno, CA where the court proceedings took place, Monsanto attorney Trenton Norris argued on Friday that the potential warning label would have direct financial consequences for the company.

“It will absolutely be used in ways that will harm Monsanto,” he said according to the report, which can be read in full by clicking here, adding that consumers would likely see the labels and stop buying Roundup. The firm also said that it will challenge the ruling.

Glyphosate is not restricted by the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency because it has “low toxicity” according to the organization. However, critics say that the agency relies too heavily on studies that are funded by, or have strong ties to, the industry or Monsanto itself.

The EPA’s main recommendation for the chemical is to avoid entering a field for 12 hours after it has been applied, according to the AP report.

Roundup includes the chemical glyphosate as its main component along with other chemicals. It is sold in more than 160 countries and is used on hundreds of different crops in California and across the United States. Monsanto, which has headquarters near St. Louis, MO and is likely to merge with the massive German agrochemical and drug corporation Bayer, also genetically engineers crops in its laboratories to withstand large sprayings of the chemical.

The main GE crops desgined to withstand it include corn, soy, canola, sugar beets and cotton among others.

Monsanto said that California is delegating its authority to an “unelected foreign body with no accountability to U.S. or state officials” and that its ruling violates the state’s constitution.

According to the AP article, the state of California’s attorneys consider the International Agency for Research on Cancer to be the “gold standard” for identifying carcinogens, and other states also rely on their findings to make similar determinations.

A formal decision is likely to come soon, but the ruling is expected to stand. For more on the ruling, check out the full article by clicking here.The Monsanto company is still reeling from a spring 2015 declaration by the World Health Organization that its flagship product Roundup is a “probable human carcinogen.”

Now, the company’s image, and the image of its top-selling product, have taken yet another hit, this time in the United States.

In California, where organic farming and healthy living has gained a huge foothold, the company’s flagship product Roundup will now be labeled in similar fashion to the WHO ruling — with a label stating that it is a possible cancer threat.

Monsanto Defense Team Denied

According to this report from the Associated Press out of Fresno, CA where the court proceedings took place, Monsanto attorney Trenton Norris argued on Friday that the potential warning label would have direct financial consequences for the company.

“It will absolutely be used in ways that will harm Monsanto,” he said according to the report, which can be read in full by clicking here, adding that consumers would likely see the labels and stop buying Roundup. The firm also said that it will challenge the ruling.

Glyphosate is not restricted by the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency because it has “low toxicity” according to the organization. However, critics say that the agency relies too heavily on studies that are funded by, or have strong ties to, the industry or Monsanto itself.

The EPA’s main recommendation for the chemical is to avoid entering a field for 12 hours after it has been applied, according to the AP report.

Roundup includes the chemical glyphosate as its main component along with other chemicals. It is sold in more than 160 countries and is used on hundreds of different crops in California and across the United States. Monsanto, which has headquarters near St. Louis, MO and is likely to merge with the massive German agrochemical and drug corporation Bayer, also genetically engineers crops in its laboratories to withstand large sprayings of the chemical.

The main GE crops desgined to withstand it include corn, soy, canola, sugar beets and cotton among others.

Monsanto said that California is delegating its authority to an “unelected foreign body with no accountability to U.S. or state officials” and that its ruling violates the state’s constitution.

According to the AP article, the state of California’s attorneys consider the International Agency for Research on Cancer to be the “gold standard” for identifying carcinogens, and other states also rely on their findings to make similar determinations.

A formal decision is likely to come soon, but the ruling is expected to stand. For more on the ruling, check out the full article by clicking here.

Trump and Clinton own Monsanto stock.

Why we must keep active.

https://www.acf.org.au/2016_your_impact?utm_campaign=1701_donorcare1&utm_medium=email&utm_source=auscon

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday and its raining again.

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Avocadoes have had a great growing year. The garden is rushing towards (hopefully) cooler weather. Or is it?

Below, my first effort at making guava and tamarillo jam. Tastes good but hasn’t set as I hoped.

Found the tea towel in a charity shop, still as true today as when it was printed in the ultra nasty years of the Joh Bjelke-Petersen years.

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/TheWeedsNetwork

Overwhelming majority of Germans contaminated by glyphosate

 

 

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Countering Herbicide use.

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http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/feb/29/exclusive-land-clearing-surge-in-qld-set-to-wipe-out-direct-action-gains-report

 

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https://www.facebook.com/TheWeedsNetwork

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Ironic.

 

 

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Potato Varieties.

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February 25, 2016 · 5:54 pm

Busy days with tree branch stacking, general garden clear up with dried  foliage ready for composting or burning, in my annual ash for the garden fire.

Simon and Nana have arrived for 2 nights so with 2 extra pair of hands, a good three hours meant 8 hours less for me.  Pav chained saw two trees fallen across my workers track for easier access when our slash, pull and mulch lantana work begins. Also edge of garden over hangs fallen.

Still extremely humid but the forecasted storms miss our valley this week.

Nana and Simon preparing for our garden stir fry.

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And ready to eat.

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Gathering pace. Get involved, demand stop to Glyphosate today.

The use of dangerous herbicides for weed control by landcare, dunecare, local councils, NP. RTA, farmers, etc is out of date as it is a serious risk to the health of the public and our environment. We are not alone in Byron Shire on our concerns, please see article below and write to your local council expressing your concern

From Brunswick Herbicide free group.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-16/councils-still-using-pesticide-that-probably-causes-cancer/7168464

Pressure needs to be increased on Council, LANDCARE and NATIONAL PARKS to cease all use of ROUNDUP.
Public awareness is growing due to numerous independent studies commissioned out-side of the Chemical companies that produce this damaging herbicide.
TIME to PROTECT our WATER, SOIL, OUR REMAINING BEES and what is left in our already damaged ENVIRONMENT.
WRITE< TELEPHONE COUNCIL, YOUR LOCAL landcare now.
And from the WEEDSNETWORK via facebook.

I have been maintaining a feed of articles on our Facebook page instead of the news as we have a good following on FB.  I encourage you to post your photo and news there as quite a few people who work on this issue follow the feed and share.

Did you listen to the law report over the weekend?  They ran a story on spray drift and the legal issues … consensus is the laws are a failure in regulating this area.  Current ag minister and now deputy PM too busy donating millions of tax payer dollars to Bayer to listen … we will have to keep at them a little longer it seems to get some positive changes through. I have been maintaining a feed of articles on our Facebook page instead of the news as we have a good following on FB. I encourage you to post your photo and news there as quite a few people who work on this issue follow the feed and share.

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Friday.

28th-may Friday already and the  end of a very busy week. Gardens mulched, seeds planted, transplanted self sown seedlings through-out with 2 days of lantana follow -up near Night-Cap. Super visitors from Perth, WA. which enlivened the week socially.garden-pineapples red-cabbage

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55 mls of rain.

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Searing heat over the last week…. accompanied by the bitter disappointment when herbicide spraying took place along the side of the road where 4 of us had already hand pulled the so called offending weed. On Tuesday, 3 locals phoned to tell me the ‘spraying taking place ‘ signs were in place. Properties, who are registered with Council’s chemical free register, were not informed. Now the very welcome rain has arrived, the residue from the herbicide used will be washed into our waterways.

Just in from the Mayor of Byron Shire.

Hi Donald. I have requested staff look at supporting local groups who wish for non chemical spraying to tackle weeds. They are preparing a report to come to our Feb meeting so as it gets closer I will follow up again to ensure what occurred does not again. Regards and thanks for your ongoing commitment to our environment. Simon

Cr. Simon Richardson

Mayor, Byron Shire Council
0427 076 834
BYRON SHIRE: MANY COMMUNITIES, ONE FUTURE

Sadly, this workshop is in Melbourne but what we should aim to host similar in Byron Shire.
The Weed’s Network (TWN) is hosting a day-long workshop on chemical free weed management. Learn about proven approaches to weed management without chemical input. Gain insight into current public perceptions of the herbicide pollution issue. Also, participate in a roundtable discussion to share your opinions and ideas with other participants. Meals are provided. This includes a lunch which will be prepared from weeds harvested from the CERES garden. The event will be followed by the official launch of the Herbicide Reduction Strategy for Australia, and TWN’s Working with Weeds Guide.

http://www.eventbee.com/v/chemfree2014

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Monarch emerged.

Watching the remaining monarch caterpillars on the cotton plant has become a fascinating twice daily observation point. The caterpillars remaining are rushing to consume the rapidly browning leaves while another is reaching its pupal stage, or chrysalis, on the lime (citrus) shrub.
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To this Monarch which emerged from its chrysalis yesterday afternoon.
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After a avoidable accident, which saw three of my fingers squashed as I foolishly tried to move the heavy stainless steel table top on my own, I have enjoyed listening to the radio more. I used the aloe Vera’s clear gel, direct from the leaf, on the open gashes and with-in 2 hours the pain had stopped and the healing had begun. Alexander, the great, knew something when making sure his troops carried aloe vera.

Lots of awful news but one which lightened my attitude was the High Court voting down the compulsory presence of chaplains in schools. After reading and listening to Louise Plate, senator from Western Australia, telling of LGBT youth being told by their school chaplain that they were sinful ect ect ect, with some students going on to serious self harm and suicide.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cartoon/2014/jun/20/first-dog-cartoon-chaplains

Not holding my breath on a lot of other issues though. New Senate make-up July 1st and my fingers are crossed that the worst of the USA tea party doesn’t get reflected
or copied. But when I heard Senator elect ( David Leyonhjelm ) state battery hens farms were no different to a stadium full of people, I realised Australia could be in for a very restless and wasted few years. He also said certified organic vegetables are un-clean ?
“Men easily believe what they want to.” – Latin Proverb

Raw food lunch today with 2 friends.
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2o mls of rain over the week-end has meant ideal time for transplanting. If a sudden cold comes then many of the transplants will not survive. The garden is suddenly abundant. Seedlings sprouting everywhere. June is now winter.

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2 good early morning starts to follow up work. Pacing through red and white cedar, sandpaper fig and numerous other emerging rain forest pioneers, removing lone roaming lantana, re sprouted from initial clearing. Easier than walls of dense lantana, my knees decide my work areas most days. Its a fun job for me, remembering rocks uncovered years ago to now be under a red cedar canopy.
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http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bushtelegraph/david-leyonhjelm/5494318
Senator-elect David Leyonhjelm has delivered a scathing attack on the National Party, and declared himself an alternative voice for Australian farmers.

Describing the Nationals as ‘agrarian socialists’ who don’t believe in market forces, Mr Leyonhjelm says drought assistance for farmers is ‘despised’ by many landholders.

He’s also taken aim at organic food production which he describes as ‘less safe’ than genetically modified crops.

‘There’s quite a lot of cases where organic food has led to food poisoning, due to the use of manure.’

Obviously never observed nature at ground level. Needs an education in ecology. For a man, who sells chemicals for a living and thinks spraying fields with poisons is ‘safe’, then to go on to say organics are not safe, shows us ordinary people how the senate is now unrepresentative and needs to reform how we vote for it.

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