2 platypus bodies were found near herbicide poisoned coral trees in the next valley to here during the week-end. I hope we can find out the reason for their deaths.

Unfortunately the poisoning of the coral trees along river banks is continuing unabated. There has to be a better way land-care, with-out the addiction to herbicides.

Another odd development here too this year is the number of dead cane toads I have found in my gardens. No sign of external injury so I would like to find out what is happening to them.
This is a herbicide sprayed and injected site near here. Most of the run-off with our recent rains will be widely distributed, eventually out into the ocean.

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DATE: Thursday 17th ApriL
Time: 8.00am onwards
Location: 204 Manse Rd, Myocum
We are enhancing Koala habitat by planting 220 habitat and Koala food trees as part of the Byron / Tweed Shire Koala Connections Project.

The project aims to increase the movement between the populations of coastal koalas and those in the hinterland to give a better future for koalas.

The site is on private land and has been prepared for planting without using chemicals. Holes will be dug already.

Please wear sun protective gear, long sleeves, trousers and broad brim hat, wear covered shoes.

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Another country wants to protect its workers and ecology.

Perhaps we will be the last country to ban glyphosate, but we will get there.

Brazil’s federal public prosecutor has requested that the Justice Department immediately suspend use of glyphosate, which is the most widely used herbicide in the country and a primary element of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide brand.

Also, according to reports in Brazilian media, the prosecutor is seeking a challenge to ban other potentially harmful chemicals as well.

Chemical Free bush regenerators needed for a few hours a week during our winter working season. More local land-holders are looking for part-time workers.

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Because our media neglects to report anything other than economic “progress ” out of China, have a look at this article from Vice.

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First of more to come.

As the cyclone moved closer to land in Northern Queensland, our day couldn’t have been better for the visit of a large class of pre-teens from a Mullumbimby school. My initial apprehension evaporated after our steep climb to our chemical free work site during which the odd foot was presented to me to remove a leech or two. But once the climb was over every-one viewed a bower and a turkey mound as well as exploring the ground for insects and fungi.
The delight for me was to see all the children having fun in the creek at the causeway before they headed back to town and to the beginning of their school holidays.


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The federal government wants to remove a scheme that would ensure that pesticides used in farming are safe according to today’s regulatory and scientific standards.

There are currently dozens of pesticides available for use in Australia that have never been properly tested here, including some that have been removed from use in other countries.

Consumers deserve to have confidence that pesticides don’t pose risks to our health or the environment.

The re-registration scheme isn’t about stopping farmers using safe pesticides. It’s about ensuring these pesticides are safe in the first place.

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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 ….

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Enjoying their freedom.


The 2 pullets out-side of the hen house. Encountered their first small goanna this morning and fled back to the safety of the enclosure.

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Timely research.

To accommodate high levels of Roundup residues in GM soya, limits were raised 200-fold – with no scientific justification and ignoring growing evidence of toxicity. What Monsanto calls ‘extreme levels’ are now the norm – but only in GM crops.
Food and feed quality are crucial to human and animal health.

Quality can be defined as sufficiency of appropriate minerals, vitamins and fats, etc. but it also includes the absence of toxins, whether man-made or from other sources.

Surprisingly, almost no data exist in the scientific literature on herbicide residues in herbicide tolerant genetically modified (GM) plants – even after nearly 20 years on the market.

In research recently published by our laboratory (Bøhn et al. 2014) we collected soybean samples grown under three typical agricultural conditions: organic, GM, and conventional (but non-GM). The GM soybeans were resistant to the herbicide Roundup, whose active ingredient is glyphosate.

All the GM samples had Roundup residues .
We tested these samples for nutrients and other compounds as well as relevant pesticides, including glyphosate and its principal breakdown product, Aminomethylphosponic acid (AMPA).

All of the individual samples of GM-soy contained residues of both glyphosate and AMPA, on average 9.0 mg/kg. This amount is greater than is typical for many vitamins.

In contrast, no sample from the conventional or the organic soybeans showed residues of these chemicals (see Fig. 1 – above right).

This demonstrates that Roundup Ready GM-soybeans sprayed during the growing season take up and accumulate glyphosate and AMPA. Further, what has been considered a working hypothesis for herbicide tolerant crops, i.e. that, as resistant weeds have spread:

“there is a theoretical possibility that also the level of residues of the herbicide and its metabolites may have increased” (Kleter et al. 2011) is now shown to be actually happening.
A similar situation can be found for other pesticides. Mesnage et al. (2014) found that 8 out of 9 tested pesticides were more toxic than their declared active principles.

This means that the Accepted Daily Intake (ADI) for humans, i.e. what society finds ‘admissible’ regarding pesticide residues may have been set too high, even before potential combinatorial effects of different chemical exposures are taken into account.

For glyphosate formulations (Roundup), realistic exposure scenarios in the aquatic environment may harm non-target biodiversity from microorganisms, invertebrates, amphibians and fish, (reviewed in Annett et al. 2014) – indicating that the environmental consequences of these agrochemicals need to be re-assessed.

Read more below.

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