FOODwatch
FOODwatch

OUR VISION:

To bring balance to the Earth’s ecological systems and wellness in our communities  through freedom from pesticides.

OUR MISSION:

To prevent harm and to promote well-being by educating and lobbying for evidence-based precautionary decision-making and the enactment of strong laws to restrict the availability, sale and use of pesticides.

 

The Pesticides Action Group has at heart the well being of our families and of workers engaged in the spraying of herbicides and pesticides on public recreation grounds, on verges and around schools and   child care centres.      Recognizing the known health effects of Pesticides such as Glyphosate, we work at two levels:

Creating awareness and informing the public

Through presentations, forums, and print materials.

Lobbying.

We work at local, state and federal levels.      You can find our petitions including the most recent one to the federal government calling for a Royal Commission into the Effects of Pesticides on Public Health, on our website:     www.pesticideactiongroupwa.com

 Pesticides  and Herbicides .     What’s the difference?

We use the term Pesticide to cover all substances used to eradicate any form of animal or plant which is considered to be detrimental to or an inconvenience to our human purposes.    A chemical substance used for destroying insects or other organisms (considered) harmful to (cultivated) plants or to animals.

Often used as a generic term to cover man-made substances used to control weeds.

Herbicides:  A man-made substance that is toxic to plants and used to destroy unwanted vegetation.

HEALTH EFFECTS OF PESTICIDES 

We source and refer to peer-reviewed scientific research showing health effects of pesticides on humans.                   These effects include intestinal disorders, weakened immune systems, birth defects, a range of cancers, hormone imbalance.   We know that up to 200 chemicals have been found in the blood of newborns.   Children of all ages are being exposed to chemicals that can impair their health through the spraying of a mixture of poisons designed to kill weeds, fungus and insects in lawns and gardens.  These chemicals are absorbed through the lungs and on contact with skin for several days after spraying, depending on weather conditions.  Asthma and learning disabilities in children have been linked to the use of pesticides which can produce flu-like symptoms particularly in those most vulnerable:   children and the elderly.

When used in our home and garden, pesticides don’t discriminate between what we consider harmful insects and weeds and beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies which are necessary for the pollination of our food plants.    Certain pesticides can also be responsible for the death of trees.    The toxic chemical cocktails used, pollute our air, soils and waterways and poison people, their pets and wildlife.

THINGS YOU CAN DO                                                                                                                                                         

Get to know which weeds are harmful and which are actually beneficial!     Some so-called weeds play an important role in stabilizing disturbed soil and fixing nutrients in the soil, such as nitrogen-fixing Dandelions.

  • Check whether your child’s school or child care centre uses Roundup/Glyphosate on grassed areas or a more natural  Integrated  Pest Management approach.
  • Ask your local government body for an exclusion zone around your home whenever they spray in spring and autumn.
  • At home, use non-toxic methods for keeping weeds off paved areas: use hot water, or a strong vinegar and salt solution.

SOME USEFUL RESOURCES                                                                                                                            

www.pesticideinfo.org   (gives alternatives to toxic chemicals)

www.panna.org       (for help with specific pest & pesticide problems)

www.toolsfor healthy schools.org

www.beyondpesticides.org

http://www.gmoseralini.org/research-papers

http://www.amlrnrm.sa.gov.au/Whatyoucando/PreventingWaterPollution/Simazine.as

http://www.terraperma.com.au/free-workshop-notes.html