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April 13, 2021

Sick to my stomach

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I cannot believe it! We have voted for a Green MP, a Green Council, we have a Shire drowning in biodynamic courses, full of people who care about the environment, yet WeedMaster Duo, containing glyphosate, was being sprayed around Brunswick Heads beaches this week.

I was sick to my stomach when I saw the sign and even more so when I saw a group of mums and babies playing right where it was being sprayed. Glyphosate is labelled a group 2A carcinogen, a teratogen, a neurotoxin.

Get with the program guys. Who has given permission to use this stuff? You were voted in to support environmental initiatives, do your homework and stop this madness.

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  1. maybe if the people who all love the environment actually joined a landcare group or started something similar, and got down to the beach to do some hard work on the weeds themselves… what a paradise it would be!

  2. There’s Medeira Vine ( Anredera cordifolia ) making its presence felt, down the track south from the Brunswick Heads S.L.S.C. if people would like to have a shot at removing it. I had a couple of goes but it needs proper focused attention to really get it gone.
    It’s on the immediate left side of the track just before the Jingi Walla sign.

  3. Huonbrook Herbicide free group lost all faith in the so called Green Council years ago. The Greens originally promised a herbicide free Council, what a chance they squandered in their branding Byron as party town and not an organic shire, proud of our truly clean image.

    We are still seeing high use of herbicides in the valley which quite often is being sprayed before rain. Land-care too seems to see no contradiction in using a poison in the environment. Creeks and drains take the poison residue into our water supply and the ocean.

    Fungi in the soil, foliage for butterflies and of course the greatly diminished bee population since our terrible fires 2019/2920. All seriously impacted by herbicides.

    Another fact worth knowing. Bayer/Monsanto are being challenged in the International Court on their Agent Orange product which is still seeing children being born damaged in Vietnam. B/M take no responsibility saying it is the USA governments responsibility. Verdict coming down in May this year.

    Hundreds of cases are before the courts in the USA now for glyphosate poisoning . Fewer cases here too in Australia. All on hold due to Covid.

    If we truly care in what’s left in our continuing degrading environment, get involved, physical work in hand weeding or form a group. And support local organic growers.

    Madeira vine produces a food for humans too.


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