aerial Weed Spraying NZ ~ Started 22 Jan 2018 and will run for 3 months.

Using Glyphosate, Metsuluron, Clopyralid, Tritchloram, Organosilicon and sprayed from helicopters

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Comment by Aroha Kingi on February 1, 2018 at 21:49
Bugger !!!!
Comment by WakeUpKiwi.com on January 31, 2018 at 20:51

Nice.

Comment by cats pajamas on January 28, 2018 at 18:21

Yep..they don't give a shit alright.

Someone was commented today about how on the news they are reporting the push for using recyclable drinking straws after the whole plastic bag ban kicks in (still waiting)..Its like WTF?! The plastic issue is massive but meanwhile its Death from Above.

Make me wonder how many people even care, that's why some call it a heart revolution. There has to be enough of it going round to make a dent.

Stay strong people. Kia Kaha.

Comment by Christine K on January 28, 2018 at 18:03

It's just amazing how NZ harms humans, animals and nature. What kind of people are those who make these decisions.

We people, who disagree with these decisions must come together and fight back.

Comment by Annemieke de Jong on January 28, 2018 at 9:54

What an incredibly treasonous act by a govt which is paid big money by us the people, to ensure that our environment is "Clean and green". Definition of treasonous in this case: "involving or guilty of the betrayal of someone or something". We the people must demand changes in policy, communicate with Green Party, NZ First and Labour and bombard them with messages that this is totally unacceptable!! Jacinda may be willing to listen with a new baby underway and becoming more conscious of a clean environment? Its great to share these articles and become more knowledgable but we must act if we are to see any changes! 

Comment by Sarah Hornibrooke on January 28, 2018 at 8:02

Metsulfuron methyl — toxicity, side effects, diseases and environmental impacts

http://www.chemicals.news/2017-11-29-metsulfuron-methyl-toxicity-si...

Summary

Metsulfuron methyl, a residual sulfonylurea compound, is used as a selective herbicide. It works by stopping the division of cells in the shoots and roots of the target, which in turn will result to the death of the plants. It is used in cereals for the control of broad-leafed weeds, trees and bush, and some annual grasses. Moreover, it can be used as a pesticide transformation product.

Metsulfuron methyl may cause irritation in the eyes and skin.

Metsulfuron methyl may negatively affect the integumentary and ocular systems.

Metsulfuron methyl is slightly toxic to birds, aquatic organisms, and honey bees.

Comment by Sarah Hornibrooke on January 28, 2018 at 7:57

Clopyralid

Herbicide Fact Sheet 

Caroline Cox / Journal of Pesticide Reform v.18, n.4, Winter98

http://www.eastbaypesticidealert.org/Clopyralid.htm

.."

 The eye hazards of four clopyralid products include permanent impairment of vision or irreversible damage. In laboratory tests, clopyralid caused what a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reviewer called "substantial" reproductive problems. These include a reduction in the weight of fetuses carried by rabbits who ingested clopyralid, an increase in skeletal abnormalities in these fetuses at all doses tested, and an increase in the number of fetuses with hydrocephaly, accumulation of excess fluid around the brain. "Inert" ingredients in clopyralid products include cyclohexanone (produces tearing and burning of the eyes, vomiting, diarrhea, and dizziness), triethylamine (a severe eye irritant and cause of chemical pneumonia), and polyethoxylated tallow amines (cause eye burns, nausea, and are acutely toxic to fish). Clopyralid is "persistent" in soil, according to an EPA review, and field studies have measured persistence as long as 14 months. It has the chemical characteristics that make it a likely water contaminant; despite its relatively low level of use it has been found in 2 of the 20 river basins studied by the U.S. Geological Survey. Potatoes are extremely sensitive to clopyralid with damage occurring when plants are exposed to 0.07 percent of typical agricultural rates. When tubers from these damaged plants were grown in unsprayed fields, the new generation of plants also showed damage symptoms."...

Comment by Sarah Hornibrooke on January 28, 2018 at 7:36

Toxicological Risks of Agrochemical Spray Adjuvants: Organosilicone Surfactants May Not Be Safe.

http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/27242985

...."Organosilicone surfactants are good stand alone pesticides, toxic to bees, and are also present in drug and personal care products, particularly shampoos, and thus represent an important component of the chemical landscape to which pollinators and humans are exposed. This mini review is the first to possibly link spray adjuvant use with declining health of honey bee populations."

Comment by Michael MacDonald on January 28, 2018 at 2:16

It seems all the people in charge are educated idiots in charge of our health and well being spraying that amount of poison.

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