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More on weeds. Peter Andrews in ‘THE BUSH’.

In Don Watson’s THE BUSH he tells of Peter Andrew’s belief that weeds are in the eye of the beholder. In general he shares the view of the legendary environmentalist and scientist and writer, George Seddon, that weeds are ‘stateless persons with no civil rights’, ‘dissidents’, plants that don’t properly belong. Essentially, as Seddon says, plants are ranked as weeds if they are contrary to human intention. But what if the intentions are contrary to common sense? For Peter Andrews, so-called weeds are an essential aid to the lands regeneration. If blackberries and willows are holding the banks of the stream together, leave them there. Control them ( as I have done here ) by slashing, planting indigenous trees and DO NOT poison them. ( in our local valley, Wilson Creeks banks are collapsing after recent Coral tree poisonings) For Peter Andrews and a growing body of evidence, the residual effects of the poisons touch the workers who distribute them, the water, the food and the myriad of micro life our eyes can not see. These fact constitute one of the main arguments against herbicides and chemical farming in general. Another argument, now proven, that weeds look after the soil in hard times and restore it for our benefit. The weed, to quote an earlier admirer, is the ‘PIONEERING AGENT OF NATURE’.
From Page 261. The Bush by Don Watson.

The photo above is of a slashed and layered lantana gully in 1996 to today, where 20 different rain forest trees have germinated.

Next blog more from Don Watson on Round-up and Monsanto.

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The Weed’s News (open access)

The Weed’s News is a place to hear the latest about weed research and share information about weed controlling and/or preventing. To have a weekly digest delivered direct to your email address, contact zheljana.peric@monash.edu

Australian Weeds Directory (open access) http://weedsnetwork.com/traction?type=single&proj=Australia&edate=all&rec=1485&brief=n&rsin=/link%20Australia1485%20%27NSW%27&normaledate=all*1%2d1&stickyparams=normaledate,sort&sort=0&title=NSW

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Where are the needed leaders ?

40 mls of rain fell here yesterday afternoon. 40 mls in an hour. Thousands of concerned Australians packed cities over the week-end demanding the government take climate change seriously. But business is business and at any cost it seems.

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The Weed’s Network is passionate about a sustainable, viable and creative future in our relationship with weeds.​ Through a spirit of willing exploration we 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 provides evidence-based information for innovative ways of thinking about, engaging with and managing weeds sustainably with the well-being of our beautiful planet in mind.​

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