Good morning working in a valley which was half layered with lantana mulch 6 years ago. Follow up should have been achieved earlier which made for some hard slashing. But to clear around emerging rain forest trees, self sown, is very satisfying. A variety too, from red, white and pencil cedars to rosewoods. The soil is teeming with life beneath the cover of lantana and in this area I have found discarded birds nests.
Me feeling quite satisfied with my hardy brush hook.
No wonder with the huge increase in synthetic fertilizers and herbicides to maximize harvests. Banks and governments have a lot to answer for.
Davidson Plum tree in blossom. This plum makes the most delicious plum jam and for a savory twist, a sauce with chilli…………..I remember plum jam my Mother used to make and in my adult life always disappointed at a bought product. Then I tasted Davidson Plum jam and I would never buy a shop product again.
The Coral tree is still in full blossom and attracted King Parrots, lorikeets, honey eaters and Noisy minors. I have never seen such a variety of birds feasting which I put down to the killing/poisoning of the trees down the valley and the birds are seeking sustenance. Little else flowering as we wait for rain.
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A FDA-registered food safety laboratory tested iconic American food for residues of the weed killer glyphosate (aka Monsanto’s Roundup) and found ALARMING amounts.
Just to give you an idea of how outrageous these amounts are, independent research shows that probable harm to human health begins at really low levels of exposure – at only 0.1 ppb of glyphosate. Many foods were found to have over 1,000 times this amount! Well above what regulators throughout the world consider “safe”.
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All the stories of farmers successfully shifting away from industrial agriculture give me hope that momentum for real change is building.
—Kristin Schafer, PAN executive director
Like our overuse of antibiotics, targeted plants with herbicides are also resisting and bouncing back, stronger than ever, while the residue of the poisons we apply leech their way into our soil, air and water.
Below is a photo I took yesterday when I went on a follow up walk in Zone 3, a regeneration site cleared and mulched with lantana 8 years ago. The regrowth of a variety of rain forest trees is incredible. Next to find an expert botanist who knows the id of emerging plants.
10 years on……what a fiasco.
We live in what geologists are now calling the new Anthropocene, an epoch in which the planet is shaped primarily by humans. We need to get used to it. But we shouldn’t be depressed. For while one lesson of the Anthropocene is that nothing is pristine, another is that nature is resilient and resourceful. And while many endangered species are vulnerable to our activities, others like us. Humankind is not always bad news for nature. Some forests died, but others grew up to replace them. By breeding some species as crops and livestock, we increased the genetic diversity. And by moving species around the world ( as humans have been doing for thousands of years ) we have dramatically increased local biodiversity on a local level and which may have sometimes triggered a burst of evolution.
We have assaulted forests on a huge scale, yet where we have walked away, they have generally revived. This is especially true in the tropics, the area of our greatest current environmental concern. ” So called virgin forests have in fact undergone substantial prehistoric modification” says Kathy Willis. ” tropical forest eco systems are not as fragile as often potrayed, are in fact quite resilient. Left for long enough, forests will almost certainely regenerate”. There is, she says, no reason why that should not remain the case in the 21st century. The new forests won’t be pristine. But then, they never were.
From Myths of the Pristine. THE NEW WILD Fred Pearce.
In our present regeneration working site, as we unpeel the layers of lantana, tiny emerging rain forest are visible where a little light has been able to get through. In the site where we slashed, layered and pulled lantana last year, already a mass of scotch thistle, farmers friends and Giant devils claw ( remove the root of this one ) have flowered, and seeded, in the case of the thistle. I remove what ever maybe too close to an emerging rain forest tree and leave the rest for ground cover. Next year, when the red, white and pencil cedars plus 10 more varieties of rain forest tree, have establish canopy ( yes, growth is incredibly fast ) another layer of introduced plants will colonize where the thistles ect grew. Within 5 years canopy shade will block out most introduced plants. Just as lantana filled the niche overgrazing and tree removal provided, now the thistle ect are the next plant stage which is nourishing and protecting our remaining soil.
And Denmark’s new tax.
In our current regeneration area numerous fungi’s display amongst the mulched lantana. The emerging seedling is a red cedar.
Wow, a whirlwind of media coverage on the damage glyphosate (Round-up) is possibly doing. Those of us who have been exposed and watching the effects of the local poisoning, know from close observation, it is a destroyer of a lot more than the target plant. Argument aired last night that steam weeding and other means of removing unwanted plants, is more expensive in dollar terms, does not take into account the very real actual cost the invisible damage the herbicide does. Think of contaminated water for a start. Think of the spray drift, particularly on food we eat. Also revealed was the million dollars the chemical company provides to the Pesticide regulator here in Australia.
Example below of irresponsible spraying along Left Bank Road, Mullumbimby.
I am a resident of the Gold Coast and am concerned with the well being of our country when it comes to toxins found in our food and environment, I am writing you this email to ask you for any kind of support or help that you can give me regarding this important matter and my petition https://www.communityrun.org/petitions/bunnings-warehouse-please-ban-cancer-causing-glyphosate-weed-killers.
As you may be aware, the WHO IARC recently classified glyphosate as a 2A class carcinogen and many countries as well as gardening retailers have decided to ban this hazardous product.
So far, nothing has been done in our country despite all this information supported by countless experts in the field.
Having said that, a lot have been achieved theses last few years by organisations such as Sumofus, Change.org and their Communityrun and many other in many fields of action.
I have therefore created a petition on communityrun.org
Roundup Fact Sheet
Photographed in our local Mitre 10 hardware.
Now for some positive news. recent European studies are finding net positive health out-comes for those of us who endeavor to support and consume Certified organic food.
More people are protesting at Council and land-care’s visible increase in the use of herbicides. Read the article and letter responses from the general public. Where is the leadership?
Another very successful and satisfying lantana slash and mulch here this morning. Numerous seedlings have sprouted at ground level so it is now “a weed around the emergent” as they appear.
The carpet snake discarded it’s skin yesterday.
A detailed article on soil in Sydney’s back-yard gardens.
And some of us here in our beautiful Shire think adding another contaminant in their use of herbicides is the only way.
Variation in toxicity among formulations and species makes it difficult to extrapolate results to all species and all formulations of herbicides. We exposed larval wood frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus) from four populations to two glyphosate-based herbicides, Roundup Weed and Grass Control™ and Roundup WeatherMax™. 96 hour LC50 values for both formulations varied among the populations (RWGC: 0.14 to 1.10 mg acid equivalents (a.e.)/L; RWM: 4.94 to 8.26 mg a.e./L), demonstrating that toxicity varies among the formulations and that susceptibility may differ among populations. [Christopher Edge, Meghan Gahl, Dean Thompson, Chunyan Hao & Jeff Houlaha (2014). Variation in amphibian response to two formulations of glyphosate-based herbicides.
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, http://weedsnetwork.com/traction