Please share this petition far and wide. We need rid of toxic and harmful substances from our environment. The petion is from the Northland Toxin Awareness Group (based in the Whangarei district). EnvirowatchRangitikei
Why this is important
New Zealand has one of the highest breast cancer rates in the world, and studies link pesticides to cancer. There are about 100 highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) still in use in NZ, as defined by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Health Organisation. In 2006, the FAO Council recommended that all HHPs be phased out globally. We call on the New Zealand government to respect the basic human rights to health and ban all HHPs!
More on the insidious pesticide that is poisoning NZ. Kiwis love the stuff & spray it everywhere totally oblivious to any independent research that goes against the well established Monsanto mantra that tells them it’s pretty much ‘safe as houses’. See our Glyphosate pages at the main menu for more info & for links to the huge body of research that says it isn’t safe as houses. EnvirowatchRangitikei
(NaturalHealth365) Roundup has been a top-selling weed killer since its release in the 1970s. Numerous studies have connected its active ingredient, glyphosate, with a number of serious health problems – especially to the unborn child. More recently, it’s been found that one of the so-called “inert” ingredients in Roundup could be making the effects of glyphosate much worse.
“Inert” ingredients refer to preservatives, surfactants, solvents and other substances that are added to herbicides and pesticides. About 4,000 different inert ingredients have been approved for addition to weed killer products like Roundup by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Editor’s note: The collusion between the biotech (chemical) industry and government agencies is far worse than you can imagine. I strongly suggest you watch GMOs Revealed – a docuseries that exposes how corporate giants, like Monsanto, are knowingly poisoning our food and environment. Educate yourself and discover a definite way to avoid being harmed.
Not all so-called “inert” ingredients in Roundup are inert
Research conducted by a French team associated with the University of Caen shows that certain inert ingredients can have the effect of amplifying the toxicity of glyphosate on human cells. One specific inert ingredient, POEA (polyethoxylated tallowamine), was particularly deadly to human placental, umbilical cord and embryonic cells.
These findings indicates that the so-called inert ingredients in Roundup weed killer are far from inert. This effect occurred even at concentrations of the herbicide that were considerably more diluted than what is typically used. Even at residual levels on lawns, gardens and crops, these chemicals could be causing major cellular damage.
This information comes from Carol Sawyer regarding the effect 1080 is having on our bee population … it is not good. How can we possibly know the honey we are eating is not being affected? It’s long past time this heinous poisoning practice was stopped. Why is NZ still using it when most of the rest of the world has banned it? (See our 1080 pages & further links at the main menu). EnvirowatchRangitikei
The EU has just placed a 2 year ban on bee-killing pesticides. (1080 is a broad spectrum pesticide –insecticide and it is fatal to bees and other insects) (Meads ) In 2008 we monitored and filmed the aftermath of the aerial 1080 drop in the Kauaeranga River. We noted that the poisoned pellets not only were present in the Kauaeranga River (Thames Water Supply) in quantity, but they had been sown right across a significant number of bee hives in the area. These cereal baits are made up of about 20% sugar so they were literally crawling with bees. This careless broadcasting of a deadly poison wrapped in an attractive food is an unsavoury practice in more ways than one.
Penny Fisher (Landcare Research) in a paper notes that in Dec 2002 Jan 2003 three honeycomb samples tested from the Taumaranui area after the Tongariro aerial drop were found to contain 1080 residues. This is dangerous practice and a sure way of destroying our export base when this poison is found in our products.
One of our organic bee keepers on the Northern tip of the Coromandel is faced with an immense problem from the 1080 aerial drop due this month. What does he do with his five hundred hives? If any of his hives are within 3 km of a 1080 drop his honey does not meet the organic qualities required for importation in many countries
Not only is this a logistics nightmare to move all the hives but his bees will probably go hungry because there is just not that many good places left on the Coromandel for bees. Many of the wild hives in our forest will not survive this attack on them by the Department Of Conservation.
Graeme and Julie ************
Graeme told me ( November, 2015 ) :
“This is a letter I got printed in the opinions column of the Local Newspaper.
After I had it printed I was rung by the President of the Bee Keepers Association. He asked me if I really had proof of 1080 being found in honeycomb samples tested. I pointed him in the right direction so he could study the Landcare papers for himself.
He was quite friendly after that and said that he had been contacted by a Coromandel Beekeeper who had complained that his Honeycomb had been stained green from the dye in the 1080 baits from a nearby 1080 drop.”
“The oral LD50 in the honey bee is 0.8 ug/bee. Because no deaths occur within 2 hours after feeding, poisoned bees may make several foraging trips before dying.” ( Goodwin and Ten Houten, 1991 ) – and therefore take a lot of 1080 back to the hive first ! ( from “Sodium Monofluoroacetate ( 1080 ) Hazards to Fish, Wildlife and Invertebrates : A Synoptic Review”, Ronald Eisler, 1995, Page 16 ) Note – 1 ug is 1 microgram, or 1,000th of a mg or one millionth of a gram, or 1 billionth of a kg. So a honeybee can die from eating less than 1 billionth of a kg of 1080.
Farmers, local councils, schools, people in general slather everything in glyphosate (found in Roundup & most other household herbicides). That’s NZ’s no. 1 choice for keeping everything neat & tidy meanwhile, their health is a silent ticking cancer timebomb. Generally folk won’t read the research, they don’t want to know. They’ve been told it’s safe, end of story. (See our Glyphosate pages on that one at the menu). There are 80-100,000 chemicals in our environment says Dr Watts many (most) of which have never been tested adequately for safety around humans let alone the rest of the ecosystem. This is thorough (yet shocking) info. I phoned Forest & Bird one day to alert them that one of their small reserves was being literally hosed with glyphosate, assuming they were into protecting birds & forests. They didn’t even know what it was! The image above was captured in NZ. Educate yourself & speak up against its use.
You can buy this on DVD here: http://www.thevinnyeastwoodshow.com/dvds.html
Real environmentalism is about keeping our air, food and water clean. Our planet is now awash with pesticides and we’re all getting sick because of it, regardless of how you feel about climate change or deforestation, pesticide contamination is a far greater danger and yet it is ignored by mainstream environmentalists. Why? I filmed and edited this presentation purely out of my personal admiration for Meriel Watts and her tireless efforts to bring the explosive yet little known truth about pesticide contamination to the people. Vinny “MR NEWS” Eastwood
For example, a secret high-level dioxins working group at the EPA acknowledged thatdioxins are extraordinarily poisonous chemicals – yet the agency suppressed the fact that dioxins were found in everyday products such as diapers and coffee filters. And, the EPA suppressed its own research that found high levels of dioxin in environmental samples and human breast milk following routine use of 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T (Agent Orange) by the federal Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.
(NaturalHealth365) A massive cache of documents and correspondence between regulatory agencies and the chemical industry has now seen the light of day – and it exposes a stunning pattern of collusion and deceit. Over 200,000 documents – including study summaries, internal secret memos, meeting minutes and sworn testimonies – attest to the fact that both industry and regulators were aware of the extreme toxicity of many chemical products, and conspired to hide this information from the public.
The explosive papers became news on July 26, when the online publication The Intercept published an interview with author and archivist Carol Van Strum. To learn more about the incredible pattern of corruption and collusion, read on.
Undeniable evidence: Federal agencies and chemical manufacturers were “in bed” together
Naturally, the most obvious question is, ‘who are the major players in the Poison Papers?’ The answer reveals many people at the highest levels of government regulation and corporate industry.
Federal regulatory agency sources implicated in the scandal include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Defense. The chemical manufacturers include Dow, Monsanto, DuPont and Union Carbide.
In addition, the toxic chemicals referenced in the documents include 2,4-D, Dicamba, permethrin, atrazine and Agent Orange – all of which continue to be manufactured and sold. In fact, it’s “business as usual” for 2,4-D, which has just been authorized by the EPA for use on Dow’s new GMO 2,4-D-tolerant soybeans – in spite of the fact that it is contaminated with dioxins.
To be clear, the Poison Papers are not just testament to deception and collusion that occurred in the past – they also reflect betrayals of the public that are ongoing to this day.
Food labeling debate heats up, as big NZ companies voice their opposition
A fight nearly broke out in Parliament today over mandarins.
On one side was Labour Party MP Damien O’Connor, saying that shoppers were being lied to about where their fruit came from.
On the other was powerful Food and Grocery Council head Katherine Rich, who is strongly against making it compulsory for companies to say where their food is from.
Their war of words began when a select committee was shown pictures of mandarins, capsicums, and pears on New Zealand supermarket shelves which were marketed as being from New Zealand but were actually from Chile, the United States, Italy and the Netherlands.
“How can we trust a voluntary [labelling] scheme when your members are lying?” O’Connor asked Rich.
“I think that’s very harsh and very unfair,” she shot back.
“We have got photos – that’s lying to the public,” O’Connor said.
Rich said it was probably a mistake, and that her members were not responsible for supermarket signage.
“Are we seriously thinking that the poor supermarket worker who stacked that shelf set out to mislead the consumer?”
Okay, so mis labeling of a few mandarins, OR a few pears, sure that could easily happen. But mandarins, pears AND capsicums is moving toward the ‘hard to swallow’ basket. Human error? Or deliberately misleading us (from higher up the food chain)? As always question everything & all the more reason here to buy organic. Hard to wash the pesticides off & I’ve been told the glyphosate gets sprayed INTO the ground around the orange trees here in good ole Enzed. That’s from a grower who exports. Pesticide regulation in other countries is pretty loose (read ‘Circle of Poison’) given ‘civilized’ western nations have found a handy dumping ground there for their poisons banned at home – so yes nothing’s as it seems and not a lot is 100% safe these days. We have to ask ourselves, why on earth is Katherine Rich against labeling country of origin? Simple request surely? EnvirowatchRangitikei
“There’s no problem with the ban of DBCP [dibromochloropropane] within the United States. In fact, it was the best thing that could have happened to us. You can’t sell it here anymore but you can still sell it anywhere else. Our big market has always been exports anyway.” (Executive, AMVAC Corporation)
We are living in a world now that is awash with chemicals, found not only in sprays and pesticides, but in our food, water and air. Their use has become largely acceptable now with scant regard often for researching into their possible harmful effects. Any alarms sounded about possible risks are greeted with cries of ‘scaremongering’ or ‘over reaction’ … and yet the independent research is usually there and often ignored. I’m constantly dismayed at this lack of regard for the evidence, especially since our recent generations consider themselves more enlightened than those of our forbears. We have
the knowledge alright, but who will listen and heed it? A video which has encouraged me to keep speaking up about these environmental risks to our health has been that produced by TED talks (they’re on Youtube also) called ‘The Dangers of Willful Blindness’ (the video is on our Home page). Gayla Benefield was just doing her job — until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywhere else in the U.S. Worse, when she tried to warn people of her discovery they didn’t want to know! How often we are faced with fact but choose not to believe. We adopt what I call the ‘three monkeys’ approach where it’s assumed, if we neither see, hear nor speak we’re safe … a lot like the ostrich really. But somewhere down the track we run the high risk of it all coming back to bite us on the proverbial rear end!
The Environmental Justice Foundation on pesticide poisoning states that … Across all agricultural sectors, an estimated 1 to 5 million cases of pesticide poisoning occur every year, resulting in 20,000 reported deaths among agricultural workers and at least 1 million requiring hospitalisation….While developing countries account for less than 30% of global pesticide consumption, the bulk of pesticide poisonings occur in a developing world scenario, including an estimated 99% of pesticide-induced deaths…
Check our our Chemicals and Glyphosate pages … particularly note under Chemicals the 1080 page and how NZ is being bombarded with it. We consume the highest amount in the world, gradually ensuring there is a rapidly diminishing wild food supply. Another excellent source of information, a Kiwi site, is the Pesticide Action Network Aotearoa NZ (PANANZ).
This is a good reminder why it is healthier to either grow your own or source organic produce & make your own baby food. This is disturbing … 800 times more pesticide than Europe’s baby food. From ‘clean & green’ NZ?
NZ BABY FOOD 800 TIMES MORE PESTICIDES THAN IN EUROPE
New Zealand baby food contained nearly 800 times more pesticides than baby food in Europe, according to a recent analysis. This evidence and why this is a risk to New Zealand babies will be presented tomorrow to the Primary Production Committee by Dr Meriel Watts of the Pesticide Action Network Aotearoa and Alison White of the Safe Food Campaign(*)….. read at SOURCE
Also HERE at Pesticide Action Network Aotearoa New Zealand (PANANZ)
I find this particularly shocking. 533% MORE! What could our authorities be thinking? Do their babies eat this poison? Best to prepare your own organic vegetables Kiwis. At least then you know what your baby is eating. Some of those pesticides are known carcinogens and remember the poison is cumulative. EnvirowatchRangitikei
“New Zealand baby food had 533% more pesticide residues than the EU”
Safe Food Campaign Media release Safe Food Campaign 28 May 2015
PESTICIDES TO STAY IN BABY FOOD
Pesticides are to stay in baby food, in spite of a petition presented to parliament. The Primary Production Committee decided today not to act on the Safe Food Campaign petition asking for zero tolerance for pesticide residues in baby food, even though such directives are currently in place in the European Union.
The Committee acknowledged the public interest to New Zealanders and the concern felt about toxins in food, especially for parents of new-borns and young children. However they did not call for a more extensive baby food residue surveillance programme, as suggested by the Safe Food Campaign.
“Every five to six years a mere eight samples of four different kinds of baby food are analysed for pesticide residues,” said Alison White, Co-convenor of the Safe Food Campaign, “and this is absolutely inadequate.”
“Certain pesticides, including some detected in New Zealand baby food, have been found to be linked to cancer progression and endocrine or hormonal disruption,” said Dr Heli Matilainen of the Safe Food Campaign.
Pesticides were found in over 30% of baby food samples in the last Total Diet Survey in 2009. Ms White contrasted this to the EU: “New Zealand baby food had 533% more pesticide residues. The EU had an average of less than 6% of baby food samples positive for pesticide residues over 6 years.”
“We want to make parents more aware of the dangers that certain pesticide residues pose to babies and young children,” Ms White stated. “To this end, we are running a campaign the week of the 15 June to protect our children from toxic pesticides here in New Zealand, following the pesticide awareness campaign of Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific. More details will be available on our website.”
For over 15 years the New Zealand Government has been systematically dropping massive amounts of food, laced with a cruel and universally toxic poison into its forest ecosystems. Enough poison every year to kill the entire population of NZ four times over. No other country is doing, or ever has done, anything remotely similar on such a scale.
1080 is an alias for Monofluoroacetate, a chemical. It blocks a particular step in the Krebs Cycle (Citric Acid Cycle) which is essential for the metabolism of oxygen in every cell of every animal. It kills everything that breathes air, everything from earthworms to elephants, including native birds. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies 1080 as ‘Extremely Hazardous’, most countries ban it outright. NZ uses 85% of the world’s supply … I’m not sure what that means but I guess the world hasn’t figured out what a wonderful thing it really is.
Dr Q Whiting-OKeefe (BA Chemistry, Math), MD, FACMI
Poisoning Paradise Documentary
“The following New Zealand film has won 4 international environmental awards – but here in NZ, TV channels refuse to play it. Why? Because if they did, there would be outrage and riots over New Zealand’s use of aerially applied 1080 poison. See for yourself … ” From TheGrafBoys‘ Youtube Channel
In Oct 2014 two of Auckland’s water supply lakes were closed for four months because the herbicide metsulfuron-methyl has been found in them. Soon afterwards, Auckland City Council announced that they planned to drop 1080 on the Hunua Ranges, the source of their water supply. The Greymouth Star reported on Oct 16 2014 that the West Coast Regional Council had admitted they have a $500,00 investment in a new factory that is considering themanufacture of 1080 near Christchurch. A metabolic poison, 1080 is extremely toxic to all air-breathing organisms. In most countries it is banned outright or severely restricted because of its lethality and its indiscriminate killing power. For further information on 1080 (NZ uses about 90% of the world’s production!) read here: http://ban1080.co.nz/1080-facts/