LESS POISONS PLEASE
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I have worked with eradicating weeds for years, mostly moth plant but many of the other invasive weeds as well. I amnot an expert, but I probably know more about this issue than most residents.
That our local board has given the green light for extensive chemical usage in our reserves is a real comment about our priorities and what we value. If, as a culture, we valued real ‘‘clean and green’’, we would choose to put more time and money and energy into weed control, and do it with as few chemicals as possible, and especially NOT use ones that are probable carcinogens!
When we use poisons we are poisoning the earth and ultimately disrupting complex ecosystems. Poisons often lead to more problems developing in the sprayed areas, and can cause problems in connected areas. Several years ago, I was familiar with an area in Rangihoua sprayed to get rid of moth plant. The result was to create more weed control work from emerging