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From Pan.

Thank you for your generous donation of $ on January 20, 2018. On behalf of all of us at Pesticide Action Network (PAN), I’m pleased to welcome you as a member of this growing community of people who are committed to building and supporting a system of food and farming that nurtures healthy communities around the world.

As you know, pesticides like chlorpyrifos, dicamba and glyphosate are now making national headlines, and the scope of corporate influence on our public agencies is unveiled for all to see. This new, high profile attention to issues PAN has been working on for years offers very real opportunities to move our priorities forward.

We’ll need to be more nimble than ever in the months to come. Your donation makes it possible for us to respond quickly to fast-moving crises and opportunities, and to keep advancing toward our long-term goal of food system transformation. To keep up with our work around the country, I invite you to visit http://www.panna.org for opportunities to take action and up-to-date information on each of our campaigns. You’ll also find PAN on Facebook and Twitter.

Each and every contribution helps move us toward a healthy, thriving food system. We cannot do this work without you, thank you so much!

Best wishes,
Kristin S. Schafer

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Humid. Rain fell at 6 pm on Friday evening and well after I was home.

Town day yesterday which was informative and at the same time discouraging on herbicide use by contractors with-in the Shire.  One man said he saw a pink liquid being hosed out alongside the public road. He did not get a photograph. Another told me of underhand spraying taking place by Contractors. Urging all who witness indiscriminate spraying to photograph.

Byron Council notices inform us the Bangalow Sportsfields are to be sprayed with Metasulfuron Methyl and MSMA during this month of March. A wet month too and the active life of these chemicals is months.

What happened to the very expensive weed steamer Council purchased?

Being used on sports fields. http://www.pesticideinfo.org/Detail_Chemical.jsp?Rec_Id=PC32882#ChemID

Re metsulfuron: was from research I did a while back. I think paper was from Cornell Uni. In New York.
Not to plant in treated areas for at least 1 year. Should not be used in consecutive years to avoid accumulation in soils. Low toxicity to birds and honey bees. Kills native grasses. Breakdown in soils is dependant on soil temperature, moisture content and ph. Degrades faster under acidic conditions and high moisture content and high temperature.

Thank you to Sharon for the above information. Byron Herbicide Free  Active Volunteer Group.

I will blog on this later, after a meeting called in 2 weeks time to work out the direction the growing number of Herbicide-Free Active Volunteer Groups take.

Busy morning shovelling gravel out of the under road pipes. Transplanted lomandras along the river bank and generally caught up after this weeks down pour.  Thanking wandering jew which has prevented severe erosion on a steep bank.


Blurry but this fly/bee was hard to photograph on Jayne’s rosemary shrub.

So short term politics rule, not only on our local level. Remember the promise of a herbicide-free Shire on all public land by a green rep? How many years ago was that?



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Come help us. Nov 26th.

Tree trim here yesterday. In awe as Nick swung from great heights and Alen feed the limbs and leaves into the mulch grinder.


Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 26th of November,  from 9am to 1pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate. We will be working on Glory lily follow up from the North (Dog walking beach access) to the South (Horse beach access) boundaries. If you come later, please call 0478272300 to find us.

Please wear boots, long sleeve shirt and long pants, a hat, gloves and bring water, rain coat  and some morning tea. Tools and first aid kit will be provided.


Huonbrook Herbicide Free Active Volunteers are working on Saturday 26th November from 7.30 am to 10.30 am. Meet at first left after Mill Road, Huonbrook or continue down road until you reach our signs. We should complete the hand removal from Mill Road to the Wanganui Turn off. Phone 66 840104 for anything else you need to know.


Hi Donald.

NPA doesn’t have an association position on herbicide use as it’s more relevant to the managers of national parks than it is us.

But I think any reasonably minded person would be concerned about Roundup given the revelation of how the proportion of people in the USA had it in their urine, and the link between roundup and GM. I think the environmental element of GM has been lost in the health debate, and roundup-ready GM crops are a big part of that.

Hope this helps, thanks for getting in touch!

Dr Oisín Sweeney
Senior Ecologist

National Parks Association of NSW

And From the USA.

As the new administration comes into office, our renewed focus at PAN North America will be: 
Doubling down on state-based policy priorities identified by those most directly harmed by pesticides. We have made important progress here, and can keep winning.
Challenging industry’s control of our food system so that the way our food is grown supports healthy, prosperous communities — not just shareholder profits.
Exposing efforts to undermine scientific integrity and demanding that policy decisions at all levels of government are based on sound, independent science.
Standing with those most at risk from a systematic effort to roll back civil and human rights across the country.
The moral arc of the universe is long indeed, and there is work to be done right now. Thank you for your support of PAN and for joining us in standing for justice.nick-the-lemur

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