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[The Weed’s Network 16 March 2014 by Zheljana Peric] — Herbicide pollution has become “safe” even though dangerous. When we use conventional weeding techniques that rely on herbicides, we are agreeing to both the risks and the background assumptions that underlie the normalcy of these risks (Carolan 2008). Rather than reduce the risks associated with herbicide pollution, these days we talk of “food safety” or “compliance within maximum residue limits”. Governments and their regulatory agents have identified the human health and environmental hazards of herbicides, but they currently make very little effort to reduce or eliminate them. The normalisation of herbicide pollution is therefore not based on what would provide us with genuine safety, nor do regulators err on the side of safety when there is any uncertainty over a particular herbicide’s impacts. As Hoffman (2013) notes, by not taking a precautionary approach, the regulators and users of herbicides are “risk takers”. Worse, the risks we are taking with herbicides cannot be contained or limited to the decision-makers and users of herbicides. There are collateral victims to be considered in the so-called “war on weeds”. For example, herbicides are found in the food we eat and the air we breathe. They are in our waterways and are affecting the lives of those beings that live in them. We are all being forced to accept the risks of deliberate acts of herbicide pollution. The risk-taking behaviour associated with herbicides is therefore paradoxical – the more we seek safety through poisoning life, the more dangers we create. Read more ….http://weedsnetwork.com/traction

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Local example of herbicide use.

While in Australia synthetic herbicides like glyphosate are being used every where, include on our drains and to the edges of waterways, like it is harmless, first and third world countries our moving laws to protect the public. When are our herbicide users going to wake up ? Congratulation to the El Salvador government.

” With 45 votes in favor, members of the FMLN, Unidos por El Salvador and GANA approved the amendment of a Law on the control of pesticides, fertilizers and products for agricultural use, which allows the prohibition of 53 chemicals in El Salvador, Central America Data announced.”
Among the list of the banned 53 chemicals are Paraquat, Glyphosate (Roundup) and Endosulfan.
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Sprayed many times. Pioneer Bridge site.

Monash University environmental scientist and The Weed’s Network founder Dr David Low is passionate about a sustainable, viable and creative future in our relationship with weeds. Dr. Low believes that through a spirit of willing exploration we can foster ways to better understand weeds, so they become a resource we can manage with environment and future generations in mind.

The Weed’s Network (http://weedsnetwork.com) provides evidence-based information for innovative ways of thinking about, engaging with and managing weeds sustainably. The Weed’s Network publishes The Weed’s News, a place to hear the latest about weed research and share information about weed management and/or prevention, delivered direct to your email address once a fortnight.

The Weed’s Network also publishes an on-line Sustainable Weeding Guide which is a leading resource for learning about sustainable options for living with and working with weeds. The guide covers a wide range of weed issues including Cultural Management, Revegetation Management, Organic Weed Management, Crop Specific Weed Management, Herbicides and much more.

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