This month has been full of good & bad environmental stories; locally, nationally & globally. NZ is going plastic bag free, it’s 2018 and we are using 1.7 earths so this is great but #abouttime
Last summer children & animals risked getting sick if they ingested water in many of our local rivers & streams because of contaminants, apparently some due to birds 🙄. Local fossil fuel, chemical, & dairy industries play a major role in local decision making in our area. The area has had substances that are banned in other countries (some banned in NZ) which were or are still being used despite the risks, they pollute fresh water ending up in the ocean. Our clean green tourism image of NZ does not feel like an honest one.
News today shows #Monsanto
has been hiding knowledge that #Roundup
probably causes cancer & are liable. It is used on food, in school grounds & on roadsides to control weeds. I had to file a document to my local council asking for the pathways at our house not to be sprayed. Check if you can be on a ‘no spray’ list too.
Roundup is also used in the production of vegetables. Please look up your national #dirtydozen
list to find out most heavily sprayed produce & try find a spray free or organic source. Growing potatoes 🥔 (a heavily sprayed vegetable) is really easy, you can use an old sack (hit up your local coffee roaster for a coffee sack), some organic potatoes and soil.
I’m heading outside to garden, planting up our land to encourage more birds, bees & trees. We layer the soil with grass, cardboard, compost, manure & garden waste to create new soil to grow food, because the owners before us apparently used sprays.
I had to do my own research into this & into the effects of these sprays. There is always science that can sway arguments to make big polluters look less bad but you will find the truth if you keep searching (thanks google scholar), listen to your intuition and find ways to do better with what you have.
As a mum I feel even more responsibility to share the dangers and the opportunities we have to keep our families & our environment healthy. Thanks so much for listening & I hope you have a great Sunday💦🍃🌊