What if you joined us at our regular chemical free bush regeneration working bee?
Where & when
Coastal rainforest and dunes at Brunswick Heads, New South Wales
Every second Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm
Please email us for details of how to get there.
More information on our working bee here. We hope to see you there.
Dicamba resistance in Monsanto’s GM products raises new concerns from Dr. Mercola: “The rapid emergence of glyphosate-resistant superweeds has led to the development and use of even more toxic herbicides, including dicamba, which has been clearly linked to non-Hodgkins lymphoma; “Dicamba is an extremely potent and volatile toxin that is banned during growing season. Monsanto’s new weed killer, XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology, designed for use with dicamba-resistant seeds, is supposed to be less prone to vaporization and drift; “Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee are now investigating thousands of dicamba damage reports; an estimated 3.1 million acres have been damaged by dicamba drift this season” You can read the full article here.
Documents released under Freedom of Information in the court case in the USA covering claims that Monsanto’s glyphosate has caused cancer is uncovering deep and widespread corruption. Carey Gillam, writing in Ecowatch, says “Newly released government email communications show a persistent effort by multiple officials within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to slow a separate federal agency’s safety review of Monsanto’s top-selling herbicide. Notably, the records demonstrate that the EPA efforts came at the behest of Monsanto, and that EPA officials were helpful enough to keep the chemical giant updated on their progress. “The communications, most of which were obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, show that it was early 2015 when the EPA and Monsanto began working in concert to stall a toxicology review that a unit of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was conducting on glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s branded … Continue reading
“In secret internal Monsanto documents released on Tuesday by legal firms in the U.S. it was revealed how Monsanto led the attack on the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), after the Agency announced that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, is a probable human carcinogen in 2015. On Tuesday it was shown how Monsanto edited and wrote an ‘independent’ Expert Panel Manuscript to refute IARC’s findings. It was also revealed that Monsanto paid members of the ‘independent’ Expert Panel as consultants and also planned a press attack with a Forbes contributor on the IARC findings, even before they were published. Amazingly the secret documents have shown that Monsanto went even further than just attacking IARC over their glyphosate decision. They decided to try and “invalidate relevance of IARC” so as to “prevent future bad IARC decisions on pesticides/GMOs” . Monsanto did this by using U.S. political … Continue reading
“Why is glyphosate’s run-off so deadly to our oceans? Glyphosate’s half-life, or the rate at which it breaks down, is dramatically longer in the ocean than in fresh water. This is because glyphosate is a salt and in the presence of ocean salts it acts as a preservative. Even worse, it gathers strength over time leading to massive plankton and aquatic die-off. Unfortunately, this news is not being reported. “The studies say: “The half-life for glyphosate at 25°C in low-light was 47 days, extending to 267 days in the dark at 25°C and 315 days in the dark at 31°C, which is the longest persistence reported for this herbicide.” “In soil, the chemical’s half-life is as quick as 5 days. In bog or fresh water, it’s 49 days. Since so many agricultural countries in the world use this dangerous herbicide, glyphosate is now being detected in a diversity of water … Continue reading
“The world of independent chemical testing has a shiny veneer. The public is reassured that chemicals they’re exposed to on a daily basis are certified by technicians in spotless white lab coats who carefully conduct scientific studies, including on animals in neat rows of cages.” You can read the full Truthout article here. The “Poison Papers” represent a vast trove of rediscovered chemical industry and regulatory agency documents and correspondence stretching back to the 1920s. Taken as a whole, the papers show that both industry and regulators understood the extraordinary toxicity of many chemical products and worked together to conceal this information from the public and the press. The Poison Papers website is here. Unfortunately Australia is in the same situation.
The Siletz River in Lincoln, Oregon. (Photo: USFWS – Pacific Region) Developing laws for the Rights of Nature. The Siletz River catchment, Oregon has been severely degraded by toxic aerial spraying and logging. We need to be developing these laws in Australia. You can read the full story here.
Remember the 4 Corners program ‘Chemical Time Bomb’ shown on ABC on 22 July 2013. It showed the shocking legacy of herbicide dioxins in 2,4-D used in weed control in Western Australia and passed down from the workers to their children. “Four Corners reveals evidence that this potentially deadly chemical compound may still be present in weed control products and that authorities do not routinely test for it. “The program also reveals that this hands-off approach to regulation is entirely in keeping with the way governments have dealt with the lethal chemical dioxin over four decades.” This tragic story can be viewed again here It is a reminder too that these weed control programs do untold, unrecorded, and unmonitored environmental damage. For fauna, this is not just through habitat loss but more directly through toxicity.
To protect young children, crucial pollinators, and the general public, France has banned the use of pesticides in public parks, gardens, and forests. At the moment they can still be used in private residential spaces but this will change in 2019 when over-the-counter sale to non-professionals will also be banned. The full article from Mother Nature Network can be read here.
Feral species of cane toads in Australia could be turning even more deadly, due to their exposure to a common everyday weedkiller – Glyphosate. The full article from Sustainable Pulse can be read here and the abstract of the research is here.
The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and the European Chemical Agency (EChA) have completed their assessments of the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate. Once again it was concluded that the evidence does not support a classification of carcinogenic for glyphosate. However, members of the European Parliament requested the raw data on which this assessment was made (previously ‘commercial in confidence’). The limited data they received was again analysed by Dr Chrisopher Portier (Former Director US National center for Environmental Health, Former Director US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, amongst other positions). He found “Both EFSA and EChA failed to identify all statistically significant cancer findings in the chronic rodent carcinogenicity studies with glyphosate.” His full letter to the European Commission, containing his analysis, is here. Once again we see that regulators are corrupted at the highest levels.
Recent news articles stemming originally from Reuters but even repeated in Mother Jones seek to discredit one of the International Agency’s scientific panel, Aaron Blair. In view of the pending court cases against Monsanto in the US courts re glyphosate causing cancer, Monsanto is getting desperate. The US Right to Know organisation unravels the lies here The original Reuter’s article was authored by reporter Kate Kelland, who has a history of cozy relations with the Science Media Centre partly funded by agrichemical company interests. Their aim is to connect certain ‘scientists’ with journalists to disparage news adverse to corporate profits. This group is very active in Australia.
The corruption of pesticide regulation in the US and Australia is clearly visible from their acceptance of Monsanto’s manipulations and their reliance on ‘research’ from the manufacturers. Very interesting in the US that they have a process to (eventually) properly investigate through their laws. Thanks to the APVMA we seem to have no process in Australia which will ensure human and environmental health as long as people use these dangerous products according to the labels! You can read the full report here
Europe is waking up to the depth of corporate corruption in the regulation (lack of) pesticides. Unfortunately, Australian politicians and beaurocrats are completely captured by corporations – agro-chemical, pharmaceutical, mining. “A wave of glyphosate bans are being introduced by member states in Europe while the issue of the chemical’s reauthorization at EU level drags on. Among the most dramatic developments has been the announcement by Belgium’s federal minister of agriculture, Willy Borsus, that he wants to ban the sale and use of herbicides by non-professionals. He voiced particular concern over glyphosate. ‘Considering the risk-benefit balance, there is no justification for the use of herbicides for individuals,’ Borsus said. He said there were safer alternatives, such as heat treatment, mechanical weeding, or bio-pesticides. Borsus also called for a new investigation into alleged “Monsanto manoeuvres and attempts to influence experts” with the aim of keeping glyphosate on the market.” Read the full … Continue reading
Glyphosate killing in more ways than one. Originally released in July 2016, this study by scientists from Ohio Northern University in the U.S. has shown that glyphosate herbicides are a main cause of the tragic phosphorus poisoning of Lake Erie, which has been causing an increase of harmful algae blooms that foul drinking water and kill fish. ‘Find the full article here.
On Tuesday, April 18, the five judges who presided over the International Monsanto Tribunal for the past six months, reviewing the testimony of 28 witnesses who testified during the two-day citizens’ tribunal held in The Hague last October, delivered their 53-page Advisory Opinion. “The upshot of the judges’ opinion? Monsanto has engaged in practices that have violated the basic human right to a healthy environment, the right to food, the right to health, and the right of scientists to freely conduct indispensable research. The judges also called on international lawmakers to hold corporations like Monsanto accountable, to place human rights above the rights of corporations, and to ‘clearly assert the protection of the environment and establish the crime of ecocide.’ ” Of course Monsanto responded with their usual denegrations. “In their Advisory Opinion, the judges didn’t directly address criticism of the Monsanto Tribunal specifically, nor did they address attempts to … Continue reading
“Winding its way through dense forest laced with hidden waterfalls, the Whanganui River is the largest navigable river in Aotearoa, the Māori word for New Zealand. With the passage of the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill in March, the river became the first water system in the world to be recognized as a rights-bearing entity, holding legal “personhood” status. One implication of the agreement is that the Whanganui River is no longer property of New Zealand’s Crown government — the river now owns itself. “Five days after the Te Awa Tupua Bill, the High Court of Uttarakhand at Naintal, in northern India, issued a ruling declaring that both the Ganga and Yumana rivers are also “legal persons/living persons.” But what does it mean for a river, or an ecosystem to hold rights? The answer may vary from place to place. “The growing global movement for Rights of … Continue reading
The 2017 Renew Fest is on soon – May 6th and 7th – you can get your tickets and more information here .
In his presentation at the Children’s Environmental Health Network Research Conference, Dr. Winchester said that his research shows that “Shorter pregnancies with relatively lower birth weights have been linked to lower cognitive ability later in life and higher risk of metabolic syndrome.” Read the full article here. Photo: plentywell.com
The report by the UN Special Rappateur on the Rights to Food is available here. “In the report, a clearer account is provided of global pesticide use in agriculture and its impact on human rights; the negative consequences that pesticide practices have had on human health, the environment and society, which are underreported and monitored in the shadow of a prevailing and narrow focus on “food security”, are described; and the environmental and human rights regimes are examined to determine whether the constituent rules are sufficient to protect farm workers, consumers and vulnerable groups, as well as the natural resources that are necessary to support sustainable food systems.” You might also like to view some of the addresses to the 2016 Soil not Oil Conference. Of course, this should also be applied to the extravagant use of pesticides for the weed control in public spaces and conservation areas.
“Two nonprofit organizations on Friday filed a lawsuit against Monsanto for misleading the public by labeling its popular weedkiller Roundup as “target[ing] an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets.” This lawsuit charges that this statement is false, deceptive, and misleading, because the enzyme targeted by glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is, in fact, found in people and pets.” The full article can be found here.
In a letter to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Greens, including many members of the European Parliament, are calling for a ban on Glyphosate. They outline its serious health effects and the corruption involved in America and Europe in its registration for use. (It is the same in Australia). You can read their full letter here.
A new French study reported today in the Guardian has shown that “Virtually all farms could significantly cut their pesticide use while still producing as much food. The research also shows chemical treatments could be cut without affecting farm profits on over three-quarters of farms.” One of the research team, Nicolas Munier-Jolain, said “If you want real reduction in pesticide use, give the farmers the information about how to replace them. This is absolutely not the case at the moment. A large proportion of advice is provided by organisations that are both selling the pesticides and collecting the crops. I am not sure the main concern of these organisations is to reduce the amount of pesticide used.” Read the full report here. Exactly the same problem applies to the use of pesticides in public spaces and conservation reserves.
An article in Truthout makes clear the scale of the glyphosate problem. ” Americans have applied 1.8 million tons of glyphosate since its introduction in 1974. Worldwide 9.4 million tons of the chemical has been sprayed on fields — enough to spray nearly half a pound of Roundup on every cultivated acre of land in the world. Globally, glyphosate use has risen almost 15-fold since so-called “Roundup Ready,” genetically engineered glyphosate-tolerant crops were introduced in 1996.” Read the full article here. Wonder what the tonnage is for Australia?
The Californian Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has determined that glyphosate (CAS No. 1071-83-6) will be added to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer for purposes of Proposition 65. Read the full Sustainable Pulse article here. Photo: Sustainable Pulse
At last the truth about the criminality of our regulatory bodies is emerging. Our local councils, National Parks services, Education Departments have defended the wide-scale use of these poisonous products. More on the gut: ‘The effect of glyphosate on potential pathogens and beneficial members of poultry microbiota in vitro’. And the implications for mammalian health: ‘Gut-Wrenching: New Studies Reveal the Insidious Effects of Glyphosate’ Photo: plentywell.com
Atrazine is a common agricultural herbicide with endocrine disruptor activity. There is evidence that it interferes with reproduction and development, and may cause cancer. It has been banned in the EU since 2003. In Australia it is widely used for crops and in forestry. This review makes it clear that, as for glyphosate and other dangerous chemicals, USA and Australian reliance on manufacturer’s ‘research’ is faulty, and that it leaves the door open for corporate influence over regulators.