There's a message we
need to get out there....
There is more continuing evidence on the impact of harmful sprays and pesticides highlighting the negative effects on the health of our environment, including insects and humans. Synthetic pesticide use has only been prevalent since the 1930's and progressively more since the 1950's. This spraying has been depleting the vital nutrients and organisms the soil needs to be healthy. Change is made through the consumer choices we make.
Our future depends on happy, healthy insects and soil
Why this is so important.....
Make no mistake - there is a global decline of insects. Unhealthy soil is linked to climate change which means more pests, that is pest plants, insects, rodents etc. This means an increase in pesticide use to eliminate these pests. It also means it's creating unhealthy soil because if it's killing the bad bugs, it's also killing the good bugs and all the millions and millions of soil microbes that keep the soil healthy which is in turn able to produce healthy food. Only healthy soil is able to sequester carbon and we need to be able to do this.
What you can do....
WEAR THE BADGE
Join the sprayfree movement. Our future depends on it.
Proudly New Zealand made. There's no third world labour.
Power to the Flower.
SPREAD THE MESSAGE
By helping honey bees and the insect world we are helping the planet.
Wear your badge with pride
Put a sign in your garden
PULL OUT THE WEEDS
There's more and more evidence that gardening is good for your health and wellbeing. Science is finally validating this truth. Interestingly most of the people who live beyond 100 years have gardening in common. They live longer and with less stress. Gardening is energising. There's something medicinal about getting soil under your fingernails.
Another important issue is that we owe it to the eco-system to deal with any weeds etc the natural way. If spraying kills the pest, then you can rest assured it's killing lots of other living organisms.
How much pesticide use is there in NZ?
I set out to find this information but kept coming up against brick walls. It appears to be shrouded in mystery As it turns out Australia also isn't given this information either. I made contact with a leading Australian authority and main contributor to the IPCC who said they have the same issue there. Pesticide usage appears to be confidential information held by the consultants of the various agronomic organisations.
There should be transparency regarding the volume and usage of pesticide no matter what country. Ironically this information is available in the USA.