Re­ac­tion turns farm­ers to or­ganic

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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