Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina
There is the real news and then there is the fake news.
The radio news announced recently new economic figures showing better than expected data, and implying a sooner than expected economic upturn from the lockdowns.
Conversely, economist Martin Armstrong’s A.I. has predicted, for next year, a global economic depression far worse than the 1929 one.
It’s so easy to see who is telling the truth, or at least it will be next year, won’t it?
Pesticide – So Tuff
♦Director, Future Fisheries Veterinary Service Pty Ltd. Associate researcher, Sydney University, Faculty of Veterinary Science. Adjunct senior lecturer, Charles Sturt University, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
AgVet Chemical regulation was just reviewed. The Cancer Council say there was a ‘lack of rigorous scientific basis for the arguments in the document’ and ‘lack of priority given to the protection of human, animal, and environmental health’.
The Department of Health said ‘the proposed model is likely to increase response times to non-compliance and may result in prolonged or significant exposures prior to regulatory action being taken’. It’s like the reviewers are locked in a 1984 loop of George Smilovici’s sketch ‘I’m Tuff’.
I’m Tuff, pesticides won’t give me cancer. Our bees are so tuff, they won’t die from spray drift. I’m Tuff, I won’t need IVF to conceive due to unsafe pesticide exposures. A sharp contrast indeed with the science that has emerged of vast biodiversity loss and damage to health – and the EU’s rapidly tightening policy in response to reduce already harmful exposure.
AgVet Chemical lobbyists, Croplife Australia, make regular donations to Labor, Liberal, and National parties. This seems to be going well, as the Australian AgVet Chemicals business continues to expand towards a modest $10 billion dollar annual hobby, (a ‘small market’ apparently). The review says the way forward is industry self-regulation. What would the Cancer Council know anyway? We are tuff right? Tuff luck if we are not?