Reaction turns farmers to organic
WHEN an afternoon working with chemicals put Lisa Wippell in hospital, she and husband Peter decided it was time to turn their farm organic.
“We had been weary, we were already thinking about how we could use less chemicals,” she said.
“But this really bolstered our belief that there must be another way.”
It was after a day using a backpack-mounted chemical sprayer Mrs Wippell fell sick.
“I didn’t realise, but the backpack had a hole in it,” she said.
“It (chemical) was leaking all down my back and I didn’t realise because it was such a hot day. It had soaked my t-shirt.”
After a little while she got migraines and started vomiting, and so spent the night in hospital.
“That’s when I thought ‘if that’s what it does to us, what is the effect on our animals?’,” she said.
The Wippells now have not used chemicals on their pig and cattle farm, Wippell’s Organics, for about 20 years.
“When we started a family we found we were always keeping animals that had no chemical treatments for ourselves (to eat),” she said.