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Lismore bakery installs filters to remove fluoride

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A Lismore business owner wants the Lismore City Council to chip in to help cover the costs of installing a filter to remove fluoride from the water.

Geoff Haycraft, owner of Goanna Bakery & Cafe, has just spent about $4000 for a reverse osmosis filter system in order to guarantee his food and coffee are fluoride free.

Rous Water has confirmed that the water supplies of Lismore, Ballina and surrounding areas will be fluoridated by next month, despite ongoing concerns from business owners and residents.

Mr Haycraft has written to the general manager and councillors of Lismore to raise his concerns about the introduction of fluoride.

‘The imminent introduction of fluoride into Lismore’s water supply represents a serious threat to the wellbeing and economic future of my business,’ he wrote.

‘As such, I have felt compelled to take the necessary action to protect not only the livelihood of myself and my thirty staff, but also the interests of the thousands of our customers whose patronage is driven by their desire for clean, chemical free food.

Mr Haycraft said if the council was serious about supporting the economic viability and future of his business, then I can expect that it will be happy to reimburse the costs involved in filtering the water.

‘The alternative position would be that, not only does  council consider it reasonable to bypass the community’s democratic right to vote in a referendum regarding its continued access to clean water, but also that it is acceptable to directly and explicitly do harm to businesses (Goanna is not the only business affected) in its municipality without any responsibility taken or acknowledged.’

Mr Haycraft said the filtration system cost $2315, plumbing and installation cost $1237.50 and stands for the tanks cost $300.

‘I should also mention that there will be ongoing costs with the replacement of filters in the future,’ he said.

Mr Haycraft is considering taking his appeal directly to the next meeting of the Lismore City Council.


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  1. Congratulations to Lismore’s Goanna Bakery-Café owner, Geoff Haycraft, for caring enough about his customers to filter fluoride out of the water which goes into food produced on his premises.

    In Ireland, where water fluoridation is mandatory, two towns are now fluoride-free in so much as business are filtering out the fluoride in water used to produce food and drinks in these towns’ premises.

    Further, one by one, Ireland’s local government councils have been voting against fluoridation of their local water supplies.

    These votes will be putting pressure on the dictatorial Irish Government to back off the mandatory legislation.

    With 1) the USA Department of Health and Human Services now having reduced the recommended concentration of fluoride in water to the single level of 0.7 mg/L (= 0.7 ppm) because of the high level of damage to teeth from dental fluorosis; and 2) the Cochrane Oral Health Group review finding that 0.7 mg/L of fluoride concentration in water causing at least 12% of children to develop dental fluorosis of aesthetic concern, fluoridation is now limping to its eventual death.

    The ice that fluoridators are standing on is growing thinner by the day. When fluoride dictators eventually sink into the briny, they will be reaching for egg scrapers as well as for life belts.

  2. Kudos to Geoff Haycraft. Common sense realised. And yes, Council should definitely pay since they fouled the water in the first place.

  3. It is Haycraft’s call whether he spends $4000 on a filter to remove flouride or not. Most of us who grew up in populated cities around the world over the past 60 years have been drinking flouride since we were babies with no negative health impacts. I hope for the sake of the rate payers of Lismore that the council does NOT pay for private flouride filters. It will open Pandora’s Box.

    • How can you make the claim that there are no negative health impacts when the general health of the population is worse than it’s ever been. Cancer rates have escalated to the point that 1 in 3 people develop it. The number of children being diagnosed with autism has escalated. Can it be specifically pinpointed to fluoride? Probably not – but you can’t just make a blanket statement that it’s safe either.

  4. Thank you Geoff for your thoughtfulness in installing fluoride filters (fluoride is extremely difficult to take out of the water).

    I’m still furious that the council has denied the population of Lismore it’s right to safe water. There are a number of people for whom fluoride is dangerous – which is why so many places are reversing their decision to fluoridate. The very young, bottle fed babies who will be getting more fluoride than their little bodies should be having, and people with certain health conditions that fluoride will adversely affect (Israel made publicly fluoridating water illegal by last year because of the effect on pregnant women).

    It is a relief to know that there are some cafe owners who are so committed to providing healthy food and beverage that they are willing to sacrifice their hard-earned profits. Council should at least help pay for this.

  5. Didn’t take long, did it? Tell him he’s dreamin’……

    I gather he’s just grabbing for some publicity with that comment. The Council would be mad to give him 4 grand and I’m sure he doesn’t realistically expect it either.

  6. I hope the counsel pays Mr Haycraft since these poisons should not be forced upon anybody! I can honestly not understand why any Australian (sadly) who would force anyone to consume poison. I have nothing against you guys, by all means take as much of these poisons as you like but for those of us who do not wish to consume hydrofluorosilicic acid containing arsenic, cadmium and lead (according to the Australian Drinking Water Standards) we should not be forced to consume them – I thought Australia was supposed to be a democracy and that we look after our own…
    I would also like to be reimbursed for our costs which are around $7000 plumbing, $2500 rain water tanks, $600 carbon filter and ongoing costs to replace the filters. Bizarre having to do this in Melbourne for the luxury of a clean uncontaminated water supply!!!
    All the symptoms I suffered from classic fluoride poisoning and hypothyroidism have long since disappeared, I have been fluoride free now for 8yrs and I’m still not taking thyroid medication.
    I also hope Mr Haycraft makes it clear on his shop signage that his food and drinks are fluoride free – I am always looking for shops like his.

  7. I live at Hendon between Warwick and Allora in Queensland. I am solely on tank water, thank goodness, and fluoride free. Councils should NOT be dumping this poison into our water supplies. If people wish to have fluoride, let them purchase fluoride tablets from chemists or Councils (if they stock them).

  8. Good on you Geoff! All the more reason to eat and drink at your cafe when I visit Lismore, which i do regularly. Anyone who cares to research fluoride will find plenty of evidence that points to it being poisonous to the human body. It may harden teeth, it can also harden brain synapses. There is an epidemic of cancers and dementia in recent times, with huge amounts of toxins, pesticides, herbicides etc being released into the environment. To allow fluoride to be added to the North Coast water supply must be one of the most insane decisions the local councils have ever made. Lismore Council should pay for all filtration of fluoride! or reverse their decision to impose compulsory ‘medication’ on the population.

  9. Great to see that action is being taken to keep our waters pure.
    Though my research in Sacred Geometry indicates to me that Reversed Osmosis actually “bruises” the water,
    so unfortunately it is not the solution. I would suggest some other filtration system, coupled with a Viktor Schbauberger “imploder” device that puts the “spin” or lifeforce back into the water.

  10. 99% of water either goes down the shower drain or toilet ….. What a waste of money ! Why did this not go to a referendum when it was obvious that so many people are against Fluoride… You can get fluoride in toothpaste and if parents cannot get their kids to brush their teeth then that is their problem so do not push this toxic waste on the rest of the population !


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