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Four Corners. ABC TV….. 8th OCT 8 30pm.

The Monsanto Papers
On Monday, Four Corners investigates the secret tactics used by global chemical giant Monsanto, to protect its billion-dollar business and its star product, the weed killer, Roundup.
When it was launched four decades ago, Roundup was hailed as a miracle product, a revolutionary herbicide that would transform farming and keep home gardeners happy too. And it came with the promise that it was safe.
Now a landmark US court case has made headlines worldwide, with a jury declaring Roundup was a substantial factor in causing a school ground keeper’s terminal cancer and that the company had failed to warn of the risk posed by the product.

My visual treat of the week.


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Dicamba and Round-up. From PAN.

Like a wildfire burning out of control, the epidemic of dicamba drift blowing across 20 states this summer has already damaged over three million acres of soybean cropland. Adding to the list of some 2,200 reported herbicide injuries are likely many more damaged acres of fruit and vegetable farms, vineyards, trees, home gardens, hedgerows and plant habitats critical to pollinators and other wildlife.
Monsanto — maker of the dicamba herbicide at fault, and the genetically engineered dicamba-resistant crops implicated in the crisis — has been quick to blame farmers. But farmers are clear that the pesticide and biotech seed giant is responsible for this mess. And they want the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to pull these products from the market. Now.
Chemical arms race to the bottom
For decades, Monsanto has enjoyed unrivaled dominance in the pesticide and biotech seed marketplace. However, in recent years, the company’s monopoly control of agricultural seeds and pesticides — built largely on the marketing of its genetically engineered Roundup Ready seeds designed to maintain sale of its flagship herbicide Roundup — has begun to crack. Farmers have been struggling with the emergence and spread of RoundUp-resistant “superweeds” now infesting over 90 million acres of farmland. RoundUp has been found in nearly all stream and air samples tested in the Midwest. And the World Health Organization has concluded that glyphosate — the active ingredient in Roundup — is a probable carcinogen.
Rather than clean up its act, Monsanto has redoubled its efforts to follow the same recipe for disaster, racing against rivals like Dow AgroScience to introduce new lines of transgenic seeds engineered to resist even more chemical herbicides.
As I warned five years ago: “If you’re thinking that pouring more chemicals onto already devastated farmland sounds a bit like pouring gasoline on a fire, I’d have to agree with you.”

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Govern for Australia and our environment, not your egos.

What a fiasco the general election is turning out. The far right are screaming even though Pauline Hanson ( Australia’s Farage) is elected back into the Senate.  She is already calling for a royal commission on Halal food, next it will be kosher, organic certification for clean food , veganism, even Chinese. Unfortunately her words are not based on fact.

I wonder what she thinks of the cruel live animal trade which see’s horrific treatment of animals the moment they are loaded onto cramped ships?

The ultra left has moved to the centre with the Green party losing one of its more articulate senators. The outlook is bleak…………….the environment and climate change barely mentioned, even by the Greens with their new leader proving to be little more than a man in an expensive suit. His support of Senate reform, siding with the conservatives, has given us even more of an uncertain future.

No mention of population numbers and our excessive production of carbon into the atmosphere. Australia considered second, per population, to carbon output to the world’s number 1, Saudi Arabia.


Irony too ABC TV showed a promo from the House of Windsor celebrating the monarchy and the Queen’s 90th alongside of her very privileged family. Advertising rules.



Australia has to grow up. We have to learn how to adapt, from our inflated life styles to actually costing everything we consume and the waste products we spew into the atmosphere. Life style shows on TV are all about 3 bathrooms at least and more living space. Grand designs has a lot to answer for.

The cost of this election campaign ( so much glossy paper in my mail box)  could have provided permanent renewable energy to a city at least.

The Greens should get back to the environment and stop spreading themselves so thinly. The koala is on the verge of extinction.



An off side, those of us who work on regeneration with out herbicides have experienced the same hostility we see in our political class, from the land-care groups who receive generous government grants to use herbicides.

Because we challenge and volunteer our precious time and show by action in our hand removal of plants, considered by some as an invasive, we  remove the need of  the old thinking ( 1970s) that would see a herbicide used. Quick and easy as herbicides seem, the uncovered damage in the long term is just starting to be seen. The Great Barrier reef has traces of herbicide run-off. Our local  Wilson’s Creek is under serious threat from pollutants which start in our valley ( head water ) as Coral trees on its banks are poisoned to then fall into the running water.

See a recent report on the state of Wilsons Creek. Head waters of Coopers and Wilsons are in our Shire, which has one of the highest Green votes in the country, so why are these same voters treating these waters with such disdain?


When I venture into town I see lawns with mounds of ant soil and worm castings on some. Next I see a lawn completely free of the small mounds of recycled soil.  Poisoned.

The same inability to talk to us from the pro herbicide groups, just like  our politicians when elected,  to share the credible science emerging from independent research from all over the world, that Round-up and Dicamba are poisonous to far more than the targeted plant. Chemical Companies own research is what is peddled here. Also the bleak fact that governments take money from these same companies.

Remember what the tobacco companies said all those years ago?

Dedicated locals are out there.

It is time to start working with the environment, not against it.


Just in.

People power just dealt another blow to Monsanto & Co. The European Commission approved Glyphosate (Monsanto Roundup) in the 11th hour last Thursday — but only for 18 months instead of 15 years. And now the agrichemical industry is crying bloody murder!


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From the WEEDS network.

The World Health Organisation is set to examine a widely used pesticide and agribusiness is bracing for bad news, less than three months after the group classified another popular herbicide as “probably” cancer-causing. Twenty-four scientists representing WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) are set to analyse scientific findings regarding links between cancer in humans and the herbicide known as 2,4-D at a June 2-9 meeting in Lyon, France. A separate group of IARC scientists in March unanimously decided to classify glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co’s Roundup weedkiller, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The designation prompted outrage and calls for a retraction from Monsanto, and demands by some public officials and consumers for bans on the pesticide. Many believe the same could happen for 2,4-D. “I do think they are going to upgrade 2,4-D,” said Michael Hansen, a senior scientist at Consumers Union who has served on an advisory committee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as a WHO consultation project. “There is just as strong, or even a stronger case (for links to cancer), on 2,4-D than there was for glyphosate,” he said. IARC’s work is of particular concern to Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemicals.

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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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