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May 8, 2021

Bee research being controlled

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I agree with the content of Hilary Bain’s letter in last week’s edition on toxic spray dangers. I would like to add that Monsanto, the world’s largest producer of genetically modified seed, herbicides and pesticides, the latter two in common use in this shire, are trying to control the research so that we don’t know about what is happening to the honey bee and the bumble bee.

Last year the Monsanto corporation bought Beeologics, the world’s leading independent bee-research centre.

There is increasing visual evidence of more glyphosate spraying along our valley’s roads, often next to running water. A local landcare organiser, who vigorously defended the increasing use of glyphosate, recently stated sadly there were very few keen volunteers on the ground who are prepared to put in the physical effort. People it seems are prepared to be seen at meetings on green issues  but not on the ground where the real input is needed.

Huonbrook, Wanganui and Upper Wilsons Creek are forming a Chemical Free Hands On landcare team. On the last Saturday in the month, Wilson Creek Hall (this hall recorded the second highest green vote in NSW) hosts a mini-market to keep the hall independent.

If interested in joining our fledging group come and meet us at the mini-market on 25 August. Otherwise email me on [email protected].


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